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Phoenix Saab Concept (2010) [Reviews]

Elegant, innovative and exceptionally powerful: the Saab concept cars from Phoenix introduces features and technologies that will shape the next generation of Saab cars.

Based on a new architecture that will be the next Saab 9-3 model, Saab introduced the concept of Phoenix "aeromotional" design: a visual hint of the principles of aerodynamic design and passion for innovation that inspired the creators of the first car Saab, the iconic Ursaab.

PhoeniX Saab concept encompasses the forms of tears, "liquid metal", and a dash of inspiration spectacular glass conservatory overlooking the fresh expression "wrap" signature Saab design themes and translucent ice blocks.

Clean, muscular form allows exceptionally low drag coefficient of just 0.25, and is also exploring the potential for air flow management through the use of distinctive side-mounted "winglets".

Doors open throttle allow easy access to a 2 +2 cabin that combines simplicity and technology. It has a minimalist, "deleted" feel, including a new expression of Saab's driver-focused and put in a world first for Saab infotainment system IQON and innovative communication. In true Saab tradition, there is also a surprisingly versatile deck loading.
"Phoenix creates a new framework for the future of Saab design the product," says Jason Castriota, Executive Director of Design at Saab Automobile. "It symbolizes the rebirth of an innovative spirit and passion that drove the Saab to build its first car. We are introducing a DNA of vision in front of what we call" aeromotional "design, increasing the feeling of strength and softness. This design shape and differentiation of the portfolio of future models of Saab. "

During her undulating body, install innovative Phoenix Saab engines with an electric rear axle combined with a sophisticated 200 hp, the 1.6-liter gasoline turbo. The result is an intelligent hybrid four-wheel drive capability, which increases driving pleasure while reducing fuel consumption. Combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions are projected cycle of only 5.0 l/100 km and 119 g / km.

The design Aeromotional

Phoenix Saab theme "aeromotional" was inspired by Saab's aviation roots and draws a Ursaab clause, a prototype designed by engineers from the air that has created the first generation of Saab cars.

Complete Concept Saab Phoenix is ​​apparently shaped by the wind. Closely-rich liquid as the skin, dark hole, remember to drop the ice wedges, and seems to explode from the center of the well-muscled body. Two large waves to flow along the hood of the windscreen pillars veiled, as if barely able to contain a strong structure below.

In the back, black screen also broke through the outer skin of the rear axle, tapered tips for style backdrop Ursaab, while the "lumber" Kamm tail echoes in a first cut Saab , the Sonett.

The design has a low front tense interpretation Saab signature three-port grille. A body-colored center wing is now dominant and in accordance with the minimalist design of the vehicle, LED headlights almost invisible located at the end. The new grille and hood forms are among the styling themes are likely to be seen in future car production Saab.

The wing doors for easy access to the low cab. There is no visible door handles and mirrors to disturb the airflow, and small cameras on tall stems provide rear visibility.

On the roof "winglets" allows Saab Concept Phoenix, which cleaves the air as efficiently as possible. They channel the airflow side of the machine and directly above the shelf, reducing the lift for greater stability without increasing resistance.

A minimalist interiors

In true Scandinavian tradition, the 2 +2 cockpit has a clean, minimalist look. This is a "ripped" the feeling of a competitive car, a shell-like seats and metallic interior sections that mimic the network are exposed to rollover cage.

Expressions given new Saab traditional setting instrument driver-focused. A circular platform in front of the driver, in the shape of the afterburner of a jet engine, the presentation of data in line with HUD.
An angle of 45 degrees to the driver, a separate module houses the Saab Infotainment IQON and advanced communications. For good ergonomics, the 8-inch touch screen is as close to the fingertips of the driver and the steering wheel.

Saab IQON (see separate release for details) is a revolutionary car communication platform using AndroidTM Google operating system. Based on revolutionary "open innovation" with third-party vendors and application developers include an integrated IT platform that seamlessly connects to the Internet when the ignition is on. The touch screen provides access to audio and entertainment streaming, online navigation, storage of music on board and smartphone-like download applications.

Red illumination for all instruments and ambient lighting of the passenger brings warmth and emotion to the cabin. This includes ground, where the light pipes are exposed through the perforations in the black blankets. It's all part of the new "design strategy involving fire and ice aeromotional" effect.

Phoenix Saab's curves masks a deep shelf, open the door. It gives access to the cargo deck plate, also folding rear seatbacks, and freight rail adaptive capacity.

Efficient propulsion

The sculpted hood and under the cargo floor, Phoenix Saab Concept Saab's rightsizing strategy progress of transmission. The propulsion system combines a powerful 1.6-liter turbo engine with innovative, electric rear-wheel drive technology.

The compact, all-aluminum diesel engine packs 200 hp (147 kW) and equipped with variable valve timing and lift control and start / stop, low parasitic losses and cut-off. Stainless steel tank is installed, which is lighter and less expensive than traditional engineering plastics,

The engine supports the innovative Saab eXWD. This is the body back from 25 kW (34 hp) electric motor / generator powered by a battery of small size. Regenerative braking is used to preserve battery power.

Now under development for the next generation Saab, this hybrid propulsion system allows the advantages of AWD, and at the same time reduce fuel consumption. Using a six-speed manual, it is expected that the combined cycle fuel economy and CO2 emissions are just 5.0 l/100 km and 119 g / km.

The driver can choose one of three eXWD use of space. The default mode the exact fuel efficiency and CO2 to reduce the burden of steering the gasoline engine at low speeds, the Sport mode includes a maximum power of the rear axle torque vectoring on a larger scale and how the traction control allows an excellent take-off tires and the slippery conditions.

Inside and outside, the Saab concept PhoeniX show design directions and technologies that form part of future Saab products.

Saab 9-5 Sedan (2010)[Reviews]

Elegant, sophisticated and undeniably Saab, the new Saab 9-5 Sedan is the beginning of a new era for the Saab brand. With advanced technology, with confidence and style, distinctive headlight Saab will bring a new alternative in the luxury sedan segment when it goes on sale in 2010.

Cleaning, sculpted shape embraces the purity of Scandinavian design and its echoes dramatic wraparound window graphic heritage of Saab aircraft. With a design inspired by the award-winning Saab Aero X concept car and a muscle, the lowered position, the new Saab 9-5 announces the introduction of a bold, expressive design language.

The table of high-tech features on offer includes: an information display aircraft-inspired Head (HUD), adaptive headlights (Bi-Xenon Smart Beam), adaptive cruise control, adaptive chassis with Saab DriveSense time damping real control zone dual climate control keyless, entry and exit of the parking assistance with dynamic and eLSD Saab XWD, the industry leader in all four wheels.

The powertrain of all turbo line-up is the largest ever offered by Saab, the extension of Saab's strategy engine displacement, focusing on responsible performance by developing high-efficiency four-cylinder turbo. There is a choice of three fuels - gasoline, diesel and bioethanol E85 - and the diesel engine, the new 5.9 offers CO2 emissions as low as 139 g / km.
"This car is the beginning of a new era for our brand," says Jan-Åke Jonsson, Managing Director of Saab Automobile. "We created a product with high and very particular, by mobilizing the power of our roots in key areas such as the Scandinavian progressive design, sporty driving and performance accountability. Saab 9-5 offers new all these aspects, as all future products Saab. "

Scandinavian Design

"Provisional design that does not ignore, if it comes from," sums up the appearance of new Saab 9-5. "We provide fresh, very modern, some classic signs of brand design," says Simon Padian, Saab Design Chief of the brand. "There are themes found in our recent concept cars such as the Aero X, which is inspired by Scandinavian design and aeronautical origins of the brand."

In front of the new Saab 9-5 is defined by a grid lined with deep curved block of ice fog. The emissions presented in the whole "immersive" mono graphic: masked the windscreen and a half columns to the signing of the Saab car cockpit displays. This interaction between the windshield and the roof size resemble the classic Saab 900 models.

From the front, a new Saab 9-5 to cut the strong and powerful stance. "Organic Sculpture" and the low-slung body combines a clean, uncluttered lines of the natural, curved shapes. Brand design cues appear on the 'hockey stick' belt-line strong rear C-pillars and soft surface of the body frame. Very Saab logo embossed in the center of the grid is characterized by a more assertive, confident design language.

Dynamic character of the car is underlined by a falling roof line, culminating in the sweeping rear pillars that support a screen slightly recessed in the rear. The front wings, which are subtly flared to fall into the wheels transmit the latent energy. Below this bridge gently to the rear, a full-width blocks of ice bar taillights wrap for her signature lighting.

The new 9-5 overall proportions stretch the traditional three-volume sedan silhouette, while avoiding the cliché of a four-door fastback coupe appearance.

Driver-focused cockpit

Inside the spacious cabin, to define simple forms of architecture and design echoes the purity of the outside. Compared to its predecessor, legs and shoulder width is increased front and rear, with rear legroom leader. The choice of materials, fit and finish and tactile quality control all reflect the premium nature of new Saab 9-5.
The driver-oriented cockpit is traditional Saab, but its implementation is revolutionary. The deep center console sweeps a small angle around the driver in the main display device, which is crowned by a neat ventilation zone. Deeply recessed main rings are speed "altimeter" bearing a reading, a reference to Saab's aviation heritage Aero X concept Display driver, including the option HUD (HUD) in the windshield, is reported in the signature green and Saab have a crisp, seemingly floating. ignition of the car, which is now a start / stop button, remains between the front seats, next to the gear lever.

Infotainment choices include a high-end Harman Kardon 5.1-channel surround sound system and an 8-inch color touch screen navigation system with hard drive storage of map data and 10GB for music files MP3. A large center console offers storage and connections to multiple portable devices via USB and 3.5 mm auxiliary ports on the side of a 12V power outlet.

Rear passengers can even access their own audio files or watch a DVD. The unit for rear seat entertainment in the back of the center console seat audio controls and folding screens are installed behind the front seats. Wireless headphones are designed to listen and watch.

On the road

A wide range of chassis technology focuses on providing a sports experience, rewarding driving that belies the size of 9-5. Saab XWD, the system of industry-leading all-wheel drive is available in the Saab 9-3, is offered at launch with the 2.0-liter turbo 2.8V6 turbo engine with additional applications due in the future. Available across the range are: adaptive chassis control with driver settings selected by Saab DriveSense, Bi-Xenon adaptive headlights Smart Beam and Adaptive Cruise Control. Under suspension of three different are adjusted according to engine power and all are available with adjustable sports suspension.

Saab has 30 years experience in the supercharging of engines and powertrain turbo full range of the new 9-5 is further developing its strategy of engine displacement. At launch, four-cylinder diesel 160 hp includes 2.0-liter turbo with emissions of just 139g/km CO2 and the 2.0-liter turbo diesel develops 220 horsepower. A high range turbo 2.8 V6, generating 300 hp and 400 Nm of torque, is offered exclusively with Saab XWD.

Shortly after launch, the 1.6-liter, 180 hp turbo diesel will be introduced with the 2.0-liter BioPower engine E85. All have six-speed transmission.

A new era

Saab and equipped defined as high-end competition in the segment of high-end sedans, the new 9-5 is the most technologically advanced car ever produced by the company. Plant will be built in the home of Saab in Trollhättan, where it was designed.

The new Saab 9-5 will have its first public appearance at the 2009 Frankfurt International Fair. Combining striking looks good with the technology of advanced driving is the beginning of a new era for Saab.


The new Saab 9-5 all turboprop line-up brings together expertise from Saab turbo with the state of the art technology of the engine. With gasoline and BioPower (E85 compatible) engine developing over 100 hp per liter, the new Saab 9-5 Sedan Saab advances powertrain strategy of displacement. Efficient turbo engines as small as 1.6 liters to start assembling the engine range for the new Saab premium room. CO2 emissions as low as 139g/km are also available on the Saab 2.0 turbo diesel engine.

Petrol (1.6T, 2.0T and 2.8V6)

All petrol engines are electronically controlled, electronic speed control, direct ignition and four valves per cylinder head to maintain, maintenance-free chain-driven cams. Longevity and reliability, water-cooled turbocharger and air to air intercooler to improve the intake charge density.

To provide low friction and wear characteristics of the pistons, while benefiting from fuel and oil, cylinder walls are laser engraved for a very smooth finish. Valves on the piston skirt oil cooler and full of sodium efficiency measures.

1.6 Turbo

The engine range starts with this powerful four-cylinder engine giving 180 hp/132 kW and 230 Nm of torque to the end of the high 2200 rpm at 5,500 rpm. Includes an "impulse" function, which raises a couple of 266 Nm to a maximum of five seconds in a wide open throttle.

Ranking among the most powerful engines in the series occurred in the labor movement, powertrain that "right size" gives the new 9-5 strong performance: zero to 62 mph in 9.5 seconds, fuel economy impressive and CO2 emissions should be 37.1 mpg and 179 g / km.

For strength and noise reduction, the cylinder block is cast iron. A cast aluminum pan oil pressure, adds structural rigidity and noise suppression. Other refinements include the use of hollow camshafts to reduce weight and the alternative low-mass flywheel and dual-mass to run the improved refinement. A card-based thermostat coolant temperature at low speed or under light loads, to help reduce internal friction of the lubricant and also improve fuel consumption.

Concept Saab 9-3 EPower [Reviews]

Saab Automobile has taken the first step towards developing an all-electric with the Saab 9-3 ePower. Making its public debut at the Paris Motor Show 2010, the Saab 9-3 ePower is the prototype of a test fleet of 70 vehicles participating in field trials in Sweden in early 2010.

The performance of the cars will be evaluated under a variety of actual conditions of conduct as part of the development process for a purpose built vehicles, electric Saab. Goals should be checked include a projected driving range of 200 kilometers through the use of high-density storage of energy in the cells of the lithium-ion batteries.

EPower Saab is the Saab's first electric vehicle is the result of cooperation between Saab Automobile, Boston Power (battery), Electroengine Sweden AB (electric trains), Innovatum (project management) and Power Circle (Sweden electrical industry organization commercial energy).

Midsize Sport Combi zero-emission

Saab 9-3 ePower is the first fully electric car to offer comfort to passengers and the entire body-style. Saab engineers have integrated the architecture of power in the shape and size of the conventional Saab 9-3 SportCombi.

Under the hood is a 135 kW/184 hp electric motor that drives the front wheels via a gearbox unique. Instantaneous torque from zero to 100 km / h acceleration is just 8.5 seconds with a top speed of 150 km / h.

Compact but powerful 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery is located in the floor, changed, especially within the state before axis used cars exhaust system and fuel tank. This allows for optimum weight distribution and excellent driving dynamics similar to those of standard SportCombi.
Inside, traditional style automatic gearbox offers a choice of "hard", "neutral", "park" and "back". The poster to stimulate the tachometer, fuel and turbo on the main board is replaced by reading battery status, power consumption and driving, all green. To maximize space, an electric parking brake is mounted.

Electro-hydraulic steering is used and the cabin is equipped with air conditioning, via a compressor powered by the battery. A separate 12 volt battery for lighting and accessories booth, also charge the battery via a power transformer

The operation of the vehicle powertrain is controlled by an internal version of Saab Trionic 8 engine management system with the new software is written for an electric vehicle application.

Long driving range with excellent durability

The Saab 9-3 ePower is projected driving range of 200 km to go beyond the boundaries of current performance EV. The key to its long range are the cells that have a battery energy storage density much higher than the best currently used in VE applications. High energy density also contributes to low birth weight to the battery.

The battery has a capacity of 35.5 kW / h, and is designed to operate at full power at ambient temperatures down to -30 º C, at least 10 ° C below the operating level of the batteries in the other market today. Another key advantage is the use of air instead of coolant, which helps reduce costs and additional weight gain in the package design.

The package is intended to support further costs amounting to approximately ten years of average use. It can be fully charged from a home network for about 3-6 hours, depending on the status of exhaustion. Charging time can be greatly reduced if the voltage of the power supply is triggered when there is no limit to the capacity of battery power.

Test driving experience is designed to validate the performance of this advanced battery, which is designed to operate reliably in "buffer", a burnout set at 12 percent of total capacity, with a margin of much smaller operation than the one used in the management of other packages.

His cell lithium-ion batteries are also the first to receive the Nordic Ecolabel certification for their security and environmental sustainability, which includes the manufacturing process.

The Saab 9-3 ePower meets a high resistance to shocks applied to all Saab vehicles. Power supply of the vehicle is out of shape during interior structural areas, well protected and encapsulated. The battery management and control system compatible with the safety performance during normal driving and accidents.

Extensive user trials

Hundreds of motorists and their families will be employed by Saab and its development partners in an extensive road test and evaluation program that involves a fleet of 70 Saab 9-3 ePower strong central, western and eastern Sweden during 2011-12.

Trollhättan Saab ePower project will follow the performance of cars in a wide range of usage patterns and driving conditions. To save important data, all vehicles are equipped with recorders style black box.
"This program is designed to assess the development potential of high performance, zero emission electric vehicles and is an important step in extending our strategy to drive EcoPower," says Mats Fägerhag, Executive Director, Vehicle Engineering at Saab Automobile, "This includes rightsizing engine, which uses the expertise of Saab turbocharging and use of alternative fuels such as bio-ethanol through the Saab BioPower technology."

Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile's Managing Director, added: "In 2015, global annual sales of electric vehicles is expected to reach 500,000 units, and Saab is determined to be represented in this important growth segment of the program is our Saab 9-3 ePower first step. towards the development of a potential vehicle production which will provide the kind of advanced performance our customers expect. We now look forward to working with our technical partners to develop such a product. "

Saab 9-3X (2010) [Reviews]

Saab 9-3X is the ideal alternative to large and heavy SUV or crossover. With distinctive looks, a versatile sport wagon body, higher position and an advanced all-wheel drive Saab 9-3X also offers excellent fuel economy and functional storage.

Saab 9-3X are available with 2.0-liter Saab turbo petrol (210 bhp), combined with technically advanced system Cross Wheel Drive (XWD), or the popular 1.9 TTiD diesel engine (180 hp) with Traction before. Overall, the 9-3X embodies the philosophy of Saab turbo that combines dynamic driving experience with a powertrain fuel to reach a responsible performance.

Distinctive Appeal

Saab designers have raised the top frame of 35 mm (20 mm above the diesel FWD model) than the standard two-wheel drive Saab 9-3 Sport Hatch. It is specially designed for those who frequently use the roads of gravel or clay, without compromising the driving experience on asphalt.

The Saab 9-3X is a vehicle in tune with the needs of the customers' lives today. "The 9-3X is a versatile and effective for those who do not want or need an SUV-type vehicle," says Simon Padian, Saab Design Chief. "Simply put, we offer a vehicle that will do what is required in comfort and style in a heavier SUV."

Front and back are dark gray grain finish is also applied on the sidelines and the edges of the wheel as a protective layer when the soil becomes loose or mud. This treatment is complemented by panels slide matte aluminum, bending toward the door opening on the back and wing taking shape on the lower lip of the front bumper. These are offset by matte aluminum color bands of the lower door and roof rails with the same finish. Visible dual exhaust pipes are standard round for the two engine options. Fog surrounded with a chrome finish to add another strong focus.

With the addition of 5-spoke design alloy wheels of 17 inches, Saab 9-3X outside character reflects its ability to manage mixed driving conditions, whether rough or smooth, loose or paved.

Inside, the Saab 9-3X interior has a single base, adding a metallic black finish on the door of the glove box and gear around. The unique sports seats gray cloth inserts on black leather.

Total Traction With Power

At the center of the Saab 9-3X is XWD technology. This is an intelligent and active units that continually divide the couple's front engine and rear need for stability and traction in all conditions. To optimize the power includes the innovative Saab XWD, the prior commitment to the rear wheels. Unlike conventional all-wheel-drive, this eliminates the need to detect front wheel slip before rear drive is activated.
The equipment includes an electronic control of torque transfer device (TTD), which varies depending on power delivery between the axles. Valve to increase or decrease the hydraulic pressure on the wet clutch plates inside the TTD, or engage in a gradual loosening of the rear axle. The degree of 'slip' dictates as driving the rear wheels is transmitted. Suitable for the rear differential (eLSD) standard works on the same principle, dividing the entire bicycle shaft has more grip.

The 2.0 Turbo petrol engine 210 hp offers powerful, and therefore, in line with Saab correct size of the mainstream of the production of a larger engine, but with fuel economy and emissions benefits of a lower 2.0-liter capacity with a turbocharger. This engine also produces all the alloys 221 feet pounds of torque (300 Nm) from 2,500 at 4,000 rpm and can accelerate the Saab 9-3X 0 to 60 mph in just 8.2 seconds. As a manual six-speed automatic transmission.

Variant diesel, 1.9 twin turbo TTiD generates an impressive 180 hp and 295 lb ft incisive (400 Nm) of torque through the front wheels, but still maintain its low emissions 144 g / km. This engine is also available as guides, and automatic transmission.

Form and function in the storage area

Saab 9-3X are designed to make loading sports and leisure equipment easy: the posterior trunk with a low floor is surprisingly spacious and well proportioned, compact design and suspension at the rear gives a deep box- like space, uninterrupted, providing a useful rear seat up / down volume 419/1287 liters (VDA).

The rear seat has a 60/40 ski hatch and folds down without having to move the entire seat cushion. The rear cargo area is fully carpeted illuminated by two lights mounted on the inside of the pillars D. It can be accessed through a back door that opens a little overwhelmed with excellent performance, its damper rods completely concealed in the ceiling to allow for a clear, unobstructed opening. The flush plate, black molded in the soil helps to protect against marks or scratches on the bumper of heavy use.

Storage facility TwinFloor Saab 9-3X, which also allows you to keep your luggage and equipment in a safe and clean environment. A central part of the floor hinges upwards transversely when the handle is pulled so that the edge is stored in two places.

Even a 12-volt socket main load (a box of hot or cold) and a separate storage compartment on both sides of the floor, with a contoured support for large bottles.


The long march of Saab / Salomon promotional alliance with use in the UK as the main platform for the launch of the new Saab 9-3X. The car will be the vehicle with the number of tracks Saab / Salomon popular where it will run its excellent performance in gravel tracks very suitable for athletes who want a performance car that can take all the way to the start of the track.
Market is the Saab 9-3X has a modern individuals - irrespective of the people who love life, culture, outdoors, sports and family. These are the people with active lifestyles, which are the requirements for greater versatility.

With the addition of exclusive design, 5 alloy wheels 17 inches, the Saab 9-3X exterior character reflects its ability to manage mixed driving conditions, whether rough or smooth, loose or paved.

Inside, the Saab 9-3X interior is a unique interior, the addition of a dark metal finish door trim, glove box and change around. The unique features black leather sports seats in black cloth inserts.

All-wheel drive with power

In the heart of the Saab 9-3X is XWD technology. He is an intelligent man, an active system that continuously distributes engine drive torque between front and rear axles as needed for stability and traction in all conditions. To optimize the power of Saab XWD incorporates an innovative preventive activation of the rear wheels. Unlike all-wheel drive systems, eliminating the need to detect front wheel slip before rear drive is activated.

The team includes an electronically controlled transfer of torque (DTT), ranging from the power delivery between the axles. A valve increases or decreases the hydraulic pressure on the wet clutch plates inside the TTD to progressively engage or disengage the rear axle. The degree of 'slip' dictates how much torque is transmitted to the rear wheels. The standard setting limited slip rear differential (eLSD) operates under the same principle, through the wheel of dividing the drive shaft according to traction.

The 2.0 Turbo petrol engine that delivers 210 hp strong and therefore in line with Saab right size main, producing the power of a bigger engine, but with fuel economy and lower emissions benefits for up to 2.0 liters smaller, thanks to a turbocharger. This engine also produces all-alloy 221 ft. pounds of torque (300 Nm) from 2500 to 4000 rpm and can accelerate the Saab 9-3X from 0 to 60 km / h in just 8.2 seconds. As a six-speed manual and automatic transmission is available.

The diesel variant, a twin-turbo engine produces 1.9 TTiD an impressive 180hp and a punchy £ 295 ft (400 Nm) of torque to the front wheels, but always keep emissions low with 144 g / km. This engine is also available with manual and automatic transmission.

Form meets function in the storage area

The Saab 9-3X is designed for team sports and entertainment loading easy: the rear cargo area with a low floor is surprisingly large and shapely, and the compact rear suspension allows a deep box as the space free from intrusion, providing a useful rear seat up / down volume 419/1287 liters (VDA).

The rear seat has a 60/40 ski hatch and folds down without having to move the entire seat cushion. The rear cargo area is fully carpeted illuminated by two lights mounted on the inside of the pillars D. It can be accessed through a back door that opens a little overwhelmed with excellent performance, its damper rods completely concealed in the ceiling to allow for a clear, unobstructed opening. The flush plate, black molded in the soil helps to protect against marks or scratches on the bumper of heavy use.

Storage facility TwinFloor Saab 9-3X, which also allows you to keep your luggage and equipment in a safe and clean environment. A central part of the floor hinges upwards transversely when the handle is pulled so that the edge is stored in two places.

There is also a 12 volts in the main load area (for a box hot or cold) and a separate storage compartment on both sides of the floor, with a supporting cast for large bottles.


For a long time the execution of the Saab / Salomon promotional use with Britain's most important platform for the new Saab 9-3X. Car of the vehicle on the display of the popular Saab / Salomon trail running series, in which its excellent performance on gravel roads are suitable for athletes who want the performance of the vehicle, which will take them at the trailhead.

The target market for the Saab 9-3X are modern individuals - independent-minded people who love life, culture, outdoors, sports and family. These are active people who need versatility.

Bamboo Rinspeed Concept (2011)

This irritating car. It could be that it is the ingenious design creations by renowned New York pop artist James Rizzi. Anyway, Rinspeed, Frank M. Rinderknecht 's latest work Bamboo Concept makes his sun rise on the creatures of metal engineering in the Geneva Motor Show, whose sole purpose is to never touch anything of other than black asphalt. Yes, it's a taste of summer. A taste of salt and sand, ease and lightness in the southern latitudes. It recalls the seventies, in the south of France, Saint-Tropez. Its colors range from salmon to lobster and yellow, glittering in the sunlight, directed perfect for color and glue repair specialized ("StickerFix") AkzoNobel. And you'd expect to find Brigitte Bardot driving with Playboy Gunther Sachs beside her on the way to Tahiti Beach.

But at the same time, says the car in the future with innovations such as intelligent display communication rather than a grill and a bag of roof, which also serves as protection for the beach. Yes, the sun and a fun car to blow the roof!
Anyone would think that this is simple retro design underestimates the head of the central design Swiss. It reinterprets the references of the car to the old time and develops in the future. He plays with the human desire to return to the roots, often coupled with the desire to be in harmony with creation. This makes electric drives, mobile equipment also can be folded to two wheels for the last "mile" is a must. More than any Rinspeed boss knows how to play the strong emotions and dreams beyond the macho power allocation. This is the root cause Rinderknecht considered a visionary by many of the car.

Rinderknecht's latest creation - jointly developed and built by engineering companies and Switzerland 4erC ESOR - looks like a golf cart for adults, at first sight. But it offers a magnificent fireworks of innovation and design. This successful combination is most evident in the roof covered with inflatable Tecnotex developed by the Swiss company. It is covered with water resistant "Chock Skai Neptun" coated nano Hornschuch provided by the Company. It protects the interior from the morning dew is possible. Nothing but air ready to design in two sealed its rigidity. Everything off the ceiling is decorated with a giant beach stage Rizzi, the interior is refined by visionary Schoeller Bregenz spinning with real bamboo yarn. Without a doubt, going to the beach with this mattress easily overshadow any folding top, no matter how elegant and instant conversation with your beach chair neighbors.

In any case, Rinspeed Bamboo is the car assembly sun and fun for the outgoing communicator. Personal messages to people near the vehicle are displayed in the innovative "Identiface". In this section of the screen, developed by a subsidiary of Daimler in Stuttgart MBtech, replacing the grill, which is mostly redundant electric vehicles anyway. Thanks to its connectivity to the Internet "Identiface" you can see the Facebook pages of the occupants, news from around the world, the manufacturer's logo or an offer for a trip from A to B. engineering services provider Helveting supported by Zurich Versicherung custom developed "Bamboo Community" platform. The platform also offers other convenient features focused on networks, social sustainability and optimum driving performance.

In combination with the famous color-changing "Rizzi Bird" spin bar (green = I'm alone, blue ='m in a festive, orange = I need a break), creates a whole new way of communicating Automotive beyond deafening noise of the attacks. "Rizzi Bird" rather than flip the bird.

A simple but very elegant interior of the Rinspeed Bamboo. All the Name: Bordeaux-red sides of the bench is decorated with the logo "Bamboo" and "Rizzi Bird" Weaver woven bamboo spiral Zurich Weisbrod. The central support surfaces are decorated with drawings Rizzi, and is made of high-performance breathable material Synthetik "Laif". And both rear seats are inflatable, and stored in two aluminum cases, an open cargo bed. You guessed it - they can take to the beach.

Purist range takes the form of a giant breadbox - and a great cover plastic polymer fabric supplied by the manufacturer Ticona - opens fashion breadbox reveals control elements and a futuristic VDO screen. Right side of the dashboard houses a seven-inch Tablet PC, the HTC station "Flyer" coupling. Times with Tablet PCs, smart phones, and residents to ensure the Bamboo Rinspeed and its passengers are always connected to the world. In the long term "bread box" lined with green border Harman JBL cutting-edge design. The world's leading premium sound systems and infotainment focusing on the entertainment system scalable connectivity and the "Aha Radio" application. And in the middle of the hole thrones is the high-voltage electric heater Eberspaecher catem German supplier. Otherwise, start Bamboo Rinspeed boxcutter. Typically Swiss.

With all that life carefully packed technical specifications underlying Rinspeed Bamboo is easily overlooked: the four four-seater is equipped with an electric motor group Frage German (German E-Car) with 54 kW. This high torque motor "in Germany" 1090-kg car accelerates to a top speed of 120 km / h. Lightweight design is doing its part: The steel frame with horizontal shock absorbers carry a rugged composite combined with the use of plastic polymers. Henkel provides structural foam and sealants and adhesives. All this rests on 17 "wheels AEZ three-spoke painted aluminum inserts and ecological Goodyear" EfficientGrip "Energy Conservation tires 17". And range? Battery capacity is enough for 105 km - so much for a fun car for short distances between the hotel, beach and restaurant visits in the evening.
Speaking of the staff: Rinderknecht has also partnered with energy giant RWE, which the station "smart" shows how to load a specialist in innovative infrastructure addresses the issue of e-mobility. Advanced Charger communicates with the car through all boundaries.

And what effects Rinspeed Bamboo is in Geneva? "Bamboo", press the reset button on the head observer, opening the mind to a new way of thinking about cars. Presents a simple, clean lines, nothing is superfluous - at its most pure aesthetic. Close your eyes and you'll be cruising through the pine forests and fields of lavender in your mind. A small car made from beautiful beaches and resorts on the planet, so that the "Bamboo", a sort of car in the world. No wonder that the vibrant, Frank M. Rinderknecht want to take this opportunity as the figure of the Swiss watch manufacturer CF Bucherer, and thinks out loud on mass production. Rinderknecht only say: "Yes, there have been constructive discussions for some time a number of potential producers." It may be safe, a consulting firm AT Kearney has been Dusseldorf concepts of production and business for mass production box.

UC Rinspeed Concept [Reviews]

Rinspeed UC is full of emotions and ideas - which is the signature feature of all concept cars of the Swiss car visionary Frank M. Rinderknecht, who have added bright spots of light at the Geneva Motor Show for many years. Rinspeed boss Rinderknecht's always a surprise up his sleeve, and this year is no different. Once again, he did what anyone would have expected the young prodigy known in the past for his affinity for powerful machines: He built a small car. But that's not all: for the first time in the long history of its concept cars from the car and the Swiss central concept was developed not only a vehicle, but a concept of mobility. The beautiful two-seater with an electric motor and called by the Rinspeed UC means "traveler." But the biggest surprise is that the UC Rinspeed has been designed to be ready for mass production ahead. The little speedster is less than 2.

60 meters long and is designed to help avoid traffic jams in city centers. Meanwhile, an advanced car loading will add the ability to cover long distances by train, comfortable, no traffic jams and stress free.
The goal is to create a new mobility concept, which combines individual ownership car and public transport. With a transverse load system allows custom railcars for loading and unloading of a large number of UC Rinspeed vehicles at the same time and in a very short period of time. The trains are booked and reserved online directly from the vehicle. Harman International to remain a 3G Internet access and great sound on wheels. VoIP2Car technology offers IP telephony, video chat, video conferencing, email and many more features Rinspeed UC.

Integrated charging stations on board custom motor coaches arrive at their destination at UC Rinspeed the battery is fully charged most of the region. During the train ride, motorists can visit the restaurant using a train of rail services, or to spend time in their cars in peace.

With this mobility concept Rinspeed elegant around the obstacle of limited use so far has kept many interested parties to turn to zero-emission vehicles. By Frank M. Rinderknecht he sees: "I can make more efficient use of my time than spending it works on a highway boring I'd rather visit the restaurant train or retirement to work in my car .." The visionary Switzerland is already in negotiations with the railways on its new international concept of mobility.

Anyone who puts the eyes of an elegant high-tech bubble for the first time reminded of the Fiat Topolino in the '30s and '50s. This is a lovely car design. Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht: "Rinspeed UC is a new and very emotional, a web-based car in the world is intertwined personal and public transportation in a reasonable way we want to create a community of people who are open to the new definition of mobility.."
As in previous years, the concept car was built by Swiss engineering ESOR. The light vehicle produces 130 Nm of torque, has a top speed of 120 km / h and has a range of 105 km. It's more than enough for most of the traffic in urban areas. Statistics show that in Europe, 82 percent of all trips to cover distances of less than 60 km - distance by car is undoubtedly the vast majority of all traffic individually.

Rinspeed at UC also includes a series of specifications: Flying Farewell, hello joystick force feedback. The new joystick technology provided by German electronics expert Rafi. Rinderknecht says: "Forget everything you learned about the game controllers so far Finally, this system offers improved steering feel and feedback on the road .." The car went through the unity of space, a drive-by-wire technology, developed by Paravan, one of the main vehicles of Handicap. Rinspeed and its partners was to manage the challenges surrounding the electric-drive system: lithium-ion batteries are Li-Tec Battery in Germany, a joint venture between Daimler AG and Evonik. A train for an efficient and reliable expert Absa charger, external battery charger is available in place of ABB Sécheron. Axpo Holding is yet another energy company, working with Rinspeed for this project.

IChange Rinspeed Concept [Reviews]

The Swiss Rinspeed Rinspeed iChange automatic power presents the concept, the first car in the world that the body adapts to the number of passengers on board. For the Rinspeed boss Rinderknecht the vehicle is more than a clever concept car. "The concept of Rinspeed iChange is a symbol of the fundamental changes in the automotive industry is suffering in the world. And it is clear that only companies that will survive innovative solutions to meet the demands of a new era of car" The seer is convinced Rinderknecht that the day of the energy giants are coming to an end ". The concept is a iChange Rinspeed signal a future change in overall personal mobility, we must be prepared to face these challenges with new ideas .."

Within seconds a streamlined sports car turns into a comfortable car with enough room for three. The trick: With the push of a button on the back of the car tear magic happens. "We designed and built an extremely flexible vehicle. We have made issues of flexibility and the evolution of energy demand to its logical conclusion." The result is a streamlined car, lightweight, zero emission energy significantly reduced.

The basic idea behind the concept "Rinspeed iChange: The energy demand of a vehicle depends mainly on its weight, the type of engine you use, and its aerodynamic properties. The engineering services company which is traditionally based Rinspeed cars ESOR concept built a very light car weighing just 1,050 kg. To drive the car, the Swiss experts have opted for an electric motor. The idea of ​​pop-up late in the rear has been designed taking into account the size effect Aerodynamic fuel plays.

While other cars always carrying around the outside that can accommodate swollen up to seven passengers, even if they are simply carrying out a single soul, iChange Rinspeed concept features an organ of adaptation. The driver was transported in a car with a teardrop-shaped aerodynamic properties that provides optimal power consumption and minimal. If more than one person to be transported back to the expansion provides space for two passengers. Due to weight gain and no longer increases the optimal aerodynamic power consumption - but only for the time passengers are actually on board.

The energy for the electric motor comes from lithium-ion batteries that are available in two different configurations of the battery to carry out short and long distance. The electric motor produces 150 kW iChange Rinspeed concept, capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of 220 km / h. The sprint from rest to 100 km / h in just over four seconds. This impressive performance is made possible by using a six-speed pre-select the auto gearbox Subaru Impreza WRX. The central research department of Siemens AG (Corporate Technology, CT) has provided technology integration for motor / generator, electronics and interface for connecting the battery. Siemens has been a world leader in energy technologies and systems with the pioneers of the economic concepts of electric propulsion systems. Their products cover the entire value chain of power, from generation to distribution to consumption. The gearbox and transmission are lubricated with oil-eco-Motorex.
Extent of light 17 "and 18" forged wheels with aerodynamic covers are supplied by light alloy wheels AEZ specialists. Pirelli P Zero tires, size 215/40-17 front and 245/40-18 rear sizes offer the optimum grip.

A first date reveals about the concept car has no doors. All the electrical section of the roof of the car is only 1.03 meters high tilts forward to allow passengers to board. Nor are the mundane things like a key. Their role is filled by an Apple iPhone, which also controls the most important vehicle functions. The iChange Rinspeed concept is radically different from standard cars in every detail: the heart of the concept car is the next generation launch of Harman / Kardon information and entertainment system. The system uses an Intel processor technology ensures innovative power consumption low. The same is true for the audio system, Harman / Kardon high efficiency. This revolutionary technology meets the highest demands in sound quality, weighs less than conventional systems and at the same time using only a fraction of the energy. This opens the door to a new level of energy efficiency.

The wool used in the interior has been refined in the high-tech Schoeller wool with the state of the art processes. The wool is spun and died in accordance with the highest standards of eco. It gives an extremely extravagant atmosphere of Rinspeed Concept iChange, looks great and is sensitive to touch. Competence partner Strahl + Hess transformed this natural product in a remarkable interior. Its nature and materiality of the surface are combined to create a symbiosis of the air shell, firmness and foaming. Non-traditional techniques to create unusual surfaces. The seams of the seats are reversed, and the removable seat cushions are adorned with the name of the prototype. XMobile given additional customization services. While textiles can be found in the Concept Rinspeed iChange in their original form in other areas, is the newly interpreted seats and cargo floor using different refinement techniques such as weaving and collection and a combination of both .

Strips of leather alternative suppliers of technical textiles. Seat cushions are replaceable, seemed to alternate between technical textile fabric formed by three-dimensional shapes. This moves the concept of adaptation plans Rinspeed iChange interior as well. Diamond tools, non-slip floor sanding experts provided KGS.

The Swiss Federal Energy (Bundesamt für Energie), supports the project "iChange", an innovative research and development. The solar panels on top and sides and roof to provide electricity for the fan to maintain the temperature of the Rinspeed concept iChange comfortably low in the hot summer days. Sharp solar panels to recharge the batteries will also be environmentally friendly.
The Rinspeed Concept iChange Rinderknecht, a Bucheres FC fans watch wearer and his partner once again wants to give food for thought for the automotive industry. The Swiss automotive visionary. "If we want to preserve our individual mobility in the future, we must rethink the car in its entirety, without taboos, especially, we have to take environmental aspects into consideration." And finally everyone personally answer the same questions: Am I willing to change me, and can "I change?

The orientation of the navigation system is also very environmentally friendly: The system calculates the maximum power saving route and displays instructions for realistic 3D. Eberspächer Group Esslingen, Germany is world leader in the hot car. Specifically for Eberspächer "iChange" project developed for measuring electric and heating fuel. Both systems are targeted at specific needs and conditions of electric vehicles.

Rinspeed SQuba Concept [Reviews]

Thirty years after the filming of the movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" hit the silver screen Rinspeed sQuba is the first car that can actually "fly" underwater.

Zumikon - "sank again, James!" If the situation gets too hot for the secret agent is going to go underground -. Or under water So demonstrated impressively by Roger Moore in "The Spy Who Loved Me" in 1977, when it sank beneath the waves in a sleek vehicle moments before seemed to be an ordinary car, the only problem. The scene never really happened, it was an animation.

Rinspeed sQuba in the world the first real submersible car, the fake movie becomes reality for visitors of the Geneva Motor Show (6-16 March 2008). Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht (52) is known for his extraordinary automotive creations. Recognized James Bond enthusiast and Swiss automobile visionary kept revisit this in mind, the scene over and over again: "For thirty years I tried to imagine how it could be possible to build a machine that can fly under water Now we have made this dream reality.. "
And this submerged stable flight at a depth of 10 meters that sets Rinspeed sQuba except for military vehicles. While the latter can go under water, they are limited to driving slowly over the submerged ground. Rinderknecht: "It is certainly not an easy task to make a car watertight and pressure resistant enough to be maneuverable in the water The real challenge was to create a submersible car that moves like a fish in water .. "

It should also be a sports car that became a dream of diving facilities ESOR Swiss engineering specialist. As a first step the combustion engine was removed and replaced by several electric motors. Three engines are on the back. A range of propulsion on land, the other two screws to drive the vehicle under water. They are supported by two powerful jets of front discs seabob that "breathe" through rotating grids SA Genion (for opening and closing the water intake). The rotating outlet jets were designed to be extremely light and resistant to back using high-tech nano materials, carbon nanotubes call.

It is a safe bet that the Rinspeed sQuba steal the show from any beauty 'Baywatch' on the beach. And easily, too: You drive the car into the water and floats. So, until you crack the door to let in the water as soon as Rinspeed sQuba will start on the way to the underwater world. The residents breathing air comes from an integrated tank of compressed air that divers know scuba diving. Rinderknecht: ".. For security reasons, we have built the vehicle in an open car so that passengers can exit quickly in an emergency cottages equipped to open the door might be impossible" But security was not the only reason for choice of an open-top design features a number of just two cubic meters of air the vehicle weight would increase by two tons reject unwanted buoyancy, the Rinspeed sQuba March mobility of a turtle (!). Rinspeed sQuba surfaces automatically without residents.

It is even able to run the country independently, thanks to a sophisticated laser sensor system from the Hamburg company Ibeo - without using the driver or passenger.

Power is supplied rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Rinderknecht: "'sQuba' is a zero-emission car as documented by the rotating license plate behind. Production does not exhaust emissions. Switzerland is one of the pioneers in the world in the field of hydropower." SQuba of 'filling station is the water tank. "It's no surprise that the vehicle features powerful yet energy-saving LED lighting technology.

Elements of 3-D sheet with embossed fish and sharkskin patterns from Wetzel Processing Group and add visual effects and speed Hornschuch abroad. With the style elements create a harmonious velvety Foliatec white matte appearance.

For shore leave the Rinspeed sQuba relies on a stainless coil-over suspension from KW automotive and Pirelli tires mounted on large-made forged lightweight AEZ wheels in 17 - and 18 inches in diameter. But Rinspeed sQuba is really comfortable in the water. To make people feel at home there, and innovators to saltwater resistant interior from the Strahl + Hess offers a real mother of pearl trim and diamond-plated non-slip messages from KGS Diamond, normally used in high technology abrasives. After all, 'diamonds are a girl's best friends. "Cluster high-tech VDO instrument and controls create a futuristic ambiance and allow controlling all vehicle functions even under water.
Frank M. Rinderknecht and his partners - including the fleet specialist LeasePlan - have created a truly unusual vehicle and the process is thought of everything. Even the Motorex lubricants used in the 'sQuba "are biodegradable. For Rinspeed boss that is a duty of care arising from conviction: "'sQuba' lets me be one of the elements and lets me immerse myself in new and fascinating world - with Q factor E 'our duty to protect this world in which we are guests in the best of our ability. "It is not, Miss Moneypenny - James could not say himself better looking sporty Swiss precision chronograph CF Bucherer Eau la la -. Shaken, not stirred.

Fisker Karma (2012) [Reviews]

California, the manufacturer Fisker Automotive is the Fisker Karma, the first true long-term electric vehicle (Ever ™) and a radical expression of what is possible in the automotive world.

Freely translated Hindi, Karma means good deeds are rewarded. Fisker Karma allows drivers who value style and performance to own and enjoy a car that is also environmentally conscious, you get the fuel consumption and emissions is simply better than the days of traditional luxury cars.

Combining striking, elegant design with high performance, low fuel consumption and zero emissions, demand, four-door Fisker Karma four-seater is the epitome of the brand's commitment to provide uncompromising luxury liable ™ vehicles to deliver pure driving passion.

The Fisker Karma - a new car with a new technology to a whole new company - arrive in showrooms this summer, a new standard for time in the market, after announcing a concept in 2008 and the creation of premium EV luxury segment.

Just Everlast ™ supply line - inspired by secret military vehicle - Fisker Karma can accelerate from zero to 60 mph just 5.9 seconds, but to reach over 100 miles per gallon and 83 g / km of CO2 emissions in the real world guides every year.

The Fisker Karma can run exclusively on energy supplied by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 50 miles (80 km), after a 175 kilowatt generator powered by an efficient 2.0-liter direct injection turbo engine Gasoline expands the range of 250 miles (403 km). Fisker Karma total range between recharging / refueling up to 300 kilometers.

With a US manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $ 95.900 before federal tax incentives for $ 7500 and a € 85,500 prize in Europe, the Fisker Karma world to be competitive with more traditional luxury sedans like the BMW 750i AcitveHybrid, Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, Porsche Panamera and Audi A8 TDI S. Fisker Karma also offers a great value of these super sedans like $ 120 000 $ 200,000 Maserati Quattroporte and Aston Martin Rapide.

With incredible economy, and the ability to drive without exhaust emissions, the Fisker Karma is the only option really responsible for the buyers of luxury cars.

Fisker Automotive Karma first car. It is built according to sustainable and responsible company Design ™ philosophy, which is a quantum leap forward for the automotive industry.

Fisker includes the development, construction, marketing and sale of cars is a proposition energy and resources. As a new company from scratch, Fisker sees great opportunity to improve this process and re-invent what the world can not expect their car manufacturers.

For another category for ways to increase efficiency and reduce environmental impact - including its carbon footprint - across the value chain, Fisker Automotive strives to be the car manufacturer more dedicated to sustainability and responsibility.

Fisker Karma Fisker, and all incoming vehicles are sold and serviced through a worldwide network of established, reputable, independent retailers. United States, 45 locations were identified, and a similar number planned for the European market.
Fisker European network of retail is under development and will be managed by importers Emil Frey Group in Zurich, Switzerland, and Nellemann in Copenhagen, Denmark. Fisker Italia in Merano, Italy, and BD OTOMOTIV in Istanbul, Turkey, complete the company's presence on the continent. Fisker has also signed a non-exclusive distribution with China's Shanghai Automotive Grand in December 2010.

Significantly, the Fisker Karma luxury vehicle is the first American designed and manufactured specifically developed to appeal to global markets. It is the only luxury sedan in the world to meet the fuel standards and future emissions, so it is suitable for any international city.

Other variants of the Fisker Karma, including a convertible are planned, and Fisker is preparing to build a second line of low-cost models than 3,200,000 square foot (297.000 m2) Company Assembly Plant is rehabilitation Wilmington, Delaware.

Fisker Luxury ™ approach without compromising the responsibility goes beyond minimizing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. At each stage of engineering, production and marketing - including the provision of services of the company - Fisker uses recycled or renewable materials and the impact of the technologies of the lowest available.

An example, three of the interior wood trim is available on the Fisker Karma from the tree behind the forest fires in California and windstorms, and raised from the bottom of Lake Michigan. Live growth has never been fixed for this purpose. The "Bridge of Weir leather interior Low Carbon ™ 'is composed of a unique low-impact energy in the process of self-sustaining structure.

True Ever ™

The Fisker Karma is the vehicle of the first series and the only real power over long distances (Ever ™). In short, this means that karma is motivated only and at any time by electric traction motors. A large plaque extending gasoline engine drives a generator to power the engines, as needed, there is no mechanical relationship between the internal combustion engine and wheels.

This luxury Everlast ™ electric line was inspired by high-performance stealth vehicles created by U.S. military special operations. The heart of the system is 20 kWh lithium-ion battery developed by the strategic partner in Fisker Automotive A123 Systems in Watertown, Massachusetts. State-of-the-art Nanophosphate ™ technology maximizes the energy, power, reliability and safety.

Runs on battery power alone - that can be recharged in about six hours of fishing are available charger 220V - Fisker Karma can cover 50 miles (80 km) after the extension zone - front / mid-mounted gasoline engine / generator set - giving another 250 miles wide, providing additional power for the motors dual rear-mounted electric, for a total range of 300 miles (483 km).

The Fisker Karma contributes to sustainability, even when stationary, the world's largest panel and more powerful integrated solar car roof in the series. It is the only solar system in a production vehicle that harvests the energy is stored. Enough energy can be collected through the roof, more than a year in charge of the Fisker Karma nearly 200 miles of coastline and no emissions.

Two driving modes

The Fisker Karma is also the first car and the one that allows the driver to manually select the mode four-wheel drive electric or hybrid, on request. By default the stealth mode maximizes efficiency, giving the car its highest level of the battery before turning on the gas engine-driven generator to maintain battery charge. In stealth mode, the Fisker Karma can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 95 mph (153 km / h).

More indicative of the Fisker Karma is the acceleration and the sensation is the 981 lb.-ft. massive (1330 Nm) of peak torque available instantly (from zero revolutions per minute). By comparison, the development of luxury sedans to the more conventional propulsion less than half of the couple and a diet much higher. Because Karma is always driven by electric motors and a single ratio transmission / differential combination, the driver can still feel and enjoy the powerful, seamless, linear acceleration.

A simple pull on the Fisker Karma left paddle steering wheel engaging the Sport mode. Now gasoline engine drives the generator to provide extra power, food supplements from the battery. This is enough electricity to 403 total system horsepower, so Karma can accelerate from zero to 60 km / h in just 5.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 125 mph (201 km / h).

From the torque characteristics of electric motors', the Fisker Karma will feel even faster.

The Sport mode holds, and in some cases replaced the battery charge. The driver can return to stealth mode at any time, which can be helpful on arrival in low emission zones, which are designated in many cities around the world.

The Fisker Karma is also a full regenerative braking system combined. Regenerative braking captures kinetic energy otherwise lost as heat brake rotor, and is fed to the battery. Using the right paddle wheel, the driver can operate more or less regenerative braking effect of the hill in three stages, and this unique feature allows a similar effect to slow the transmission of a conventional car to offer different levels speed control. Mode hill is ideal for skiing and can be used to shorten braking distances.

Rail world-class handling

In all aspects of performance, the Fisker Karma is designed to be a real racing driver, one dedicated to the design of the passion of driving. Its owners, aluminum frame incorporates a space for art to new levels of stiffness and strength giving karma world-class ride and handling.

Automotive Engineers Fisker Karma is designed around a single area of ​​the car chassis ever ™ powertrain, the filing of several patents in the process.

Design houses a car battery that runs down the center line of the tunnel of the car to give the Fisker Karma is a very low center of gravity, and also contributes to ideal weight distribution vehicle.

As a result, Fisker Karma driver more like a sport sedan via a full-size luxury sedan. In addition, karma does not need expensive, complex and able to fly aid suspension to provide flat cornering.

The four-wheel independent suspension ALS, also uses aluminum components that are specially tuned to work with the first standard aluminum wheels 22-inch on a production car.

Fisker designed the circuit Blade ™ wheels first appeared on the original concept vehicle in 2008. Power steering electro-hydraulic variable ratio and variable-assist is tuned to optimize and feel.

The Fisker Karma is the frame space is also the basis for the safety of passengers - and protection for sealed batteries - to assist in the luxury sedan to exceed global standards for the protection of the accident.

Eight advanced airbags, antilock brakes (ABS), traction control (TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Panic Brake Assist (PBA) are all part of the package.

Brembo ® brakes 6 piston front and 4 piston monoblock rear brakes deliver incredible stopping power, enhanced by regenerative braking.

Timeless design and revolutionary

Fisker Automotive is a new company, without the ingrained attitudes, designers and engineers are free to continue without compromise solutions to problems previously unsolved. Karma sculptural quality of the body shape is the result of that freedom.

The design of the Fisker Karma is elegant exterior and striking features is the proportion dramatic signature Fisker style. In his previous career position, company CEO Henrik Fisker designed some of the most iconic cars of the modern era, including the BMW Z8 roadster and the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage.

In keeping with Fisker Automotive aims for the Karma concept to reality in its original form, the production car retains, and even adds to the whole original concept of stylish design, powerful stance and unique details.

A sedan with a coupe like appearance, the Fisker Karma exudes a distinctly sporty presence known for a long hood and short rear, a low roof line, legs apart, pronounced fenders and wheels of 22 inches.

The Fisker Karma is built on a long 124 inches (3160 mm) wheelbase, short overhangs but keep the overall length of 196.7 inches (4996 mm). 53.4 inches in the car (1330 mm) height is as low as some sports cars, while the indoor dining room is comfortable for four people. These dimensions are almost identical to the original concept car Fisker Karma.

The resistance is nice

Designing Sustainable and Responsible ™ Fisker Automotive Fisker Karma is the philosophy of the entire cabin, for example the use of recovery, recycled and reused.

Fisker leading to the luxury class, offering the most resistance-conscious design of its main results EcoChic ™ package. Exclusive EcoChic ™ series of high quality leather to replace the textile and EcoSuede ™ Premium cut.

Leather for the model centerline EcoSport ™ is the first self-sufficient in energy in the world, closed-loop manufacturing plant leather gas and electricity are generated at the site of the byproducts of the skin-making.
Hide acquired only from suppliers who take the five principles of freedom of humane treatment of animals. The management is a low-pigment and chrome-free, thus reducing the environmental impact. Harvest is the largest industry, which means less is used to hide. Each has its own Karma Ecosport internal consistency and the unique look, no two are the same.

Diamond Dust ™ paint option - another world first - contains 35 to 55 percent recycled glass flake mixture and process for water-based paint does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This luxurious option of painting leads the industry in the reflectivity and shine gloss.

Like the original concept car, the production of the Fisker Karma four-seater is a control panel for a large center console starts the dashboard behind the backrest. Fisker designers drew inspiration from nature and classic sports cars to Karma boat interiors. Lines were transferred to the sand dunes of the desert, inspired by the shapes of the interior, metal and glass-inspired materials add depth and clarity. Fisker Karma is a chrome-frame digital instrumentation, similar to that of the best Swiss watches and classic sports car instrumentation, focusing on ease of use.

Easy to use technology

The centerpiece of the cabin is Fisker Karma Command Center ™, which uses an industry first 10.2-inch (250 mm) touchscreen haptic force feedback, which reinforces the climate controls, audio, standard navigation, telephone and other vehicle systems.

Almost eliminates the design, manufacture, assembly, and users of the complexity associated with dozens of buttons found in conventional instrument panels, and reduce the waste associated with the vehicle at the end of life. Revenues are met with a momentary touch, sound and visual feedback, which allows the driver to confirm with confidence the system commands.

Fisker fully featured Command Center ™ will also provide integration with iPod ® and Bluetooth ® phone is associated. In addition, the Command Center ™ Fisker can see the flow of electricity from the battery, the motor-generator and regenerative braking, and energy benefits solar panel roof panel.

Operating modes accessible via icons fixed individual controls in each mode are instantly displayed on the touch screen. There is no paradigm for computer or learn to navigate menus.

Fisker Karma (2010)[Reviews]

Fisker Automotive, Inc., the U.S. automaker new high quality organic, presented its first production car - the Fisker Karma in 2010 - at the Hall 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. With a starting price of $ 87,900 ($ 80,400 after tax credits of U.S. government), 1000 orders of 100 miles per gallon plug-in hybrid luxury have been received since the prototype debuted at the Detroit Show 2008. Fisker Karma is expected to begin deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2009 the sales network of Fisker Automotive.

The four doors, four seats Fisker Karma combines the traditional, timeless design, automotive design veteran and CEO of Fisker Automotive, Henrik Fisker, Quantum Technologies, a clean Q-Drive ® plug-in hybrid drive to become the first luxury the world of plug-in hybrid cars.

Q-DRIVE ®: Powerful Technology

Only in Fisker Automotive, Q-DRIVE ® provides the best combination of power, efficiency and low emissions. The system consists of two 201hp electric motors powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries. A generator is connected to a 260hp turbocharged 2.0-liter ECOTEC ® direct injection (D1) gasoline engine provides long-range capabilities.
"Over 60 percent of America's 200 million motorists drive less than 50 miles a day. The Q-Drive ®, Fisker Karma done without using a drop of gasoline. This powertrain will offer exclusive a basis for all future model derived from Fisker Automotive. "said Alan Niedzwiecki, CEO Quantum Technologies.

Q-Drive ® has two modes: stealth mode and sports mode. Electric only in stealth mode, drivers can travel up to 50 miles with zero emissions when fully charged from any 110 -, 220 - or 240-volts. Total range is estimated up to 300 miles in Sport mode, which is used efficiently ® ECOTEC gasoline engine turns a generator that powers two electric motors is a limited slip differential. Fisker Karma can fully achieve an annual average of over 100 miles per gallon.

When the maximum speed is 125 mph and 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds, the Fisker Karma is the first real prize in the world, plug-in hybrid sports sedan. Karma is a low center of gravity and performance-oriented, in particular the suspension to provide a world-class driving experience. High, wide tires provide great lateral support, while the smooth disc brakes provide stopping power electrohydaulic.

Luxury and style

Fisker Karma exterior design is characterized by a continual flow of sculpture and dramatic proportion of the signature Fisker style. Base low, wide and raised front fenders offer the driver a unique view of the design of the car. Minor changes to the original prototype Fisker Karma has a greater air flow spoiler and a lower magnification taken to improve the flow of air. The new aerodynamic diffuser under the rear bumper to help cool the electronic transmission. Instantly recognizable, the Fisker Karma will also benefit from having constantly formed the world's largest solar glass car sunroof - the first sector, and a standard feature in all the Fisker Karma sedan.

"The first concept of the final production of the Fisker is important to maintain the shape of the unity of language and maintain the integrity of the original design, inside and out. Extreme proportions, beautiful sculptures and earth-friendly materials are the key factors that distinguish Fisker Karma, "said Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker Inc.. "A disc is also an important factor in inspiring and decisive. We hope that the Fisker Karma will create a new segment of eco-friendly transportation and the desired plug-in hybrid sports sedan available."

A desirable car of any kind requires a welcoming interior. Fisker interior design team focused on sustainable design held responsible for the environment. Inspiration timeless beauty of the nature and quality of conventional design, composition, a huge source of inspiration. Fisker Karma to design sustainable and responsible is reflected in the use of recyclable materials enhanced with modern technology. For example, wood trim trees from non-living "dead trees" that have succumbed to age, "Sauvé Trees" burned in forest fires, and "hollow trees' lying in the bottom American lakes.

Fisker Karma Instrumentation and controls focus on ease of use. Located in the center console layers Ecoglass ™ is a 10.2-inch touch sensitive screen control HVAC, audio vehicles and others. LCD indicator behind the wheel to provide essential information as the display of battery charge and vehicle speed.
"Fisker Karma philosophy background sensuality balances and accountability," says Fisker. "We tried very hard to use only eco-conscious, classic cars materials that support the commitment of our initiatives for eco. With Fisker Automotive, we try to inspire change for the better. "

Fisker Karma Buyers choose from three trim levels: EcoBase ™, ™ ™ Ecosport EcoChic. The longest series of durable, EcoChic ™, based on animal-free approach that offers a luxurious environment. The skin is replaced by the 100% bamboo viscose, hand-woven soft when cutting frames EcoGlass ™ authenticates the fossil leaves. Karma Ecosport ™ kit contains a hand-wrapped premium leather with 100% sustainable production strategy, which minimizes the need for skin and emphasizes the natural signs.

Fisker Karma S [Reviews]

Fisker Automotive, a new U.S. manufacturer of premium cars Green, presented the concept of Karma Fisker S of 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Four-seater, hybrid-hardtop convertible bonds to promote the company's belief that the driving style and performance is not compromised by the environment.
Outdoors, S Fisker Karma concept of quotas aluminum spaceframe architecture and a clean Q-Drive ® powertrain with the Fisker Karma sedan. Designed and manufactured by Quantum Technologies exclusively for Fisker Automotive, the Q-Drive ® offers 50 km of emissions on a single charge of the lithium-ion battery, and up to 403hp by two electric motors. Power retractable hardtop, the first Fisker, slides neatly frame and a unique form of language to set the concept of Karma Fisker S from each other.
"Our goal is to create a unique design language and cultural heritage around our state-of-the-art Q-Drive ® powertrain," said Fisker Automotive, Inc. CEO Henrik Fisker. "Karma Fisker Automotive is a continuation of S Eco-conscious range of cars, and sets the tone for the future."

Fisker Karma Prototype [Reviews]

 Fisker Automotive Inc., a green American premium sports car company announced its first production, the Fisker Karma, the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The first of its kind four-door premium sports sedan hybrid will have a starting price of $ 80,000. The first deliveries will begin Karma 4 quarter of 2009 the annual production is projected to rise to 15 000 cars. The first 99 cars off the assembly line is numbered and signed by Henrik Fisker and will be manufactured in color and finish of NAIAS saw the car show.

In Buddhism / Hinduism, Karma is defined as the force generated by the good or bad actions of a person who determines the nature of the existence of the next person. The Fisker Karma allows consumers to practice good Karma - driving a car that respects the environment - without sacrificing the extreme comfort and style of the luxury car category.

"In creating Fisker Automotive, Inc., we have tried to develop a range of beautiful environmentally friendly cars that make sense for the environment without commitment," said Fisker Automotive, Inc. CEO Henrik Fisker. "Our hope is that the Fisker Karma is the beginning of a new trend in the automotive sector -. Less concession with more efficiency"
In the car world-class plug-in hybrid cars, has written as Q DRIVE, developed by Quantum Technologies exclusively for Fisker Automotive. Karma is a Q-drive configuration is composed of small gasoline engine that turns the generator that charges a lithium ion battery, the power of the electric motor and turning the rear wheels. This is your own design, users can drive the car emission free for up to 50 miles a day if the car is charged every evening. It 'possible that if consumers follow this daily routine, they just need to power your car, but once a year. This technology DRIVE Q will provide the basis for all future derivatives of Fisker Automotive.

"Our goal is to produce a progression of that Quantum Technologies has made in technology plug-in hybrid combining our efforts with the design talent of Henrik Fisker, we can produce cars that make a difference to the environment without -. sacrificing the luxury with the most beautiful cars, "said Alan Niedzwiecki, CEO Quantum Technologies.

Fisker Karma Design

Stylish design emphasizing long hood Fisker Karma, is a direct result of brand new step for the development from scratch powertrain chassis design. This unique design to set the battery in the middle of the vehicle between the two axes, one with excellent driving characteristics of the vehicle, very safe, and proportionate design. Both indoor and outdoor spaces, and the machine will see the market as NAIAS.

Fisker Karma Interior

The luxurious interior of the Karma has four individual seats in first class, modern and sophisticated interior design and a spacious luggage capacity that can hold two golf bags and luggage in the trunk. Other optional interior features include:
Electronic Aides: Navigation system, DVD player built into seat backs and state-of-the-art button controls

Seat comfort: four separate "first class" seats

Driving Modes: The driver can choose between two driving modes. The first mode is "Stealth Drive", which is quiet save mode for optimal relaxed and efficient driving. The inversion of the second paddle behind the wheel, the car starts to "Sport Drive", which will have access to the full power of the vehicle.

HSV Clubsport R8 Tourer E3

Australia high performance car manufacturer Holden Special Vehicles has launched its new Series E 3, with a large number of production cars Australia first, and improvements within the range of HSV.

Highlighting the top of the list are three new HSV Technologies:

  • HSV new enhanced driver interface (EDI), flowing performance data of the vehicle directly to the new touch screen

  • Liquid Propane Injection (LPI) is the first system in a production car in Australia, and is optional on all models except for the Clubsport R8 Tourer

  • HSV new alert zone Blind Side (SBZA) is optional on all models of the E3 - and standard on Grange

HSV Managing Director Phil Harding, believes that the new E3, the collection has reached a new level of sophistication and continues the company's long history of innovation.

"Our line E3 is an example of VHS passion for innovation, and determination to bring the technology leader in the world of cars," he said.

"Just look at the DOW, LPI and SBZA know HSV is passionate about creating and building a good all-round performance cars. Increasingly, our customers have shown more interest in new technologies, and expressed the desire for unique differences in their vehicles. "
"The combination of new technology, elegant interior improvements and sustained attention to all-round performance further strengthens the position HSV as the ultimate in Australian performance cars do."

Suzuki SX4 [Reviews]

Suzuki SX4 is a distinctive five-door hatchback that combines sporty characteristics summarized as an example the Swift, with their lightweight SUVs such as the Grand Vitara, to create exciting small car alternative.

'Sport X-over "The result combines the dynamic steering response, the capacity of 4x4, high levels of functionality and style that suggests an approach to free life.

The British line offers two engine options - a diesel and gasoline. The revised 1.6-liter 120PS petrol VVT SZ3 and SZ4 available in 2WD (FWD)-format or as a 4x4 model with SZ5 selectable / automatic four-wheel drive. The 1.6-liter DDiS finish will be available from April 2010 SZ4, SZ5 4X4 with gasoline.

Following Swift and Grand Vitara Suzuki SX4 has become the third global strategic model. He also formed the basis for its World Rally Championship Challenger in 2007 / 8

Suzuki SX4 is the result of a joint development agreement between Suzuki and Fiat Auto, which Suzuki was responsible for project management from concept to mass production. Suzuki SX4 models sold in Europe are manufactured at Magyar Suzuki Corporation in Hungary.

Exterior expressive, confident

Suzuki SX4 is designed to look great in any environment. Dynamic fusion of SUV with the elegance of passenger cars provides comfort and presence beyond the compact size of the model. 2010-model has a redesigned bumper and grille with new design alloy wheels with 16 inch SZ4 and SZ5 models. A low, rising waistline and large triangular windows facing the front door gives the vehicle a strong, sporty wedge shape to express the dynamic performance, while the pronounced wheel arches and wide front and the back of the stable distribution track and traction. The design suggests a potential that is not found in conventional sedans and is pure Suzuki in nature: exciting, multi-dimensional and visually appealing.
The three degrees of the model are available: SZ3, SZ4 and SZ5 which is available on 4x4 petrol model. All models have a bold look SUV wheel extensions, side protection moldings (not SZ3 model), semi-protected lists, and skid plates front and rear.

Daring, refined interior

"X-over" design continues inside the car, with a wrap around curves and packing materials and substances that have a high quality visual and tactile. Circular motifs and a flowing center panel - also used to rave reviews in other Suzuki models - expressing dynamic performance of the car and add to the call of active lifestyles.

The two-tone interior is predominantly black highlighted with metallic accents of color and pattern wedge for a look both bold and refined. The dashboard has an ergonomic design ensures meters and key controls are intuitive and easy to use. A new style, LED backlit three-dial cluster provides important information at a glance and many echoed the metal, circular patterns of lateral air outlets and controls. Driver information important to the average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel and autonomy of action and the outside temperature has been moved from the top center of the dashboard directly in front of the driver in the instrument cluster.

Dashboard lower center has also been revised to 2010 model and includes a new screen, its housing, air conditioning and other controls. SZ4 and SZ5 models in large rings of fully automatic air conditioner have a light ring, which makes them easier to see and use, while adding to the overall quality refined. The steering wheel is now illuminated for extra comfort.

The balance between form and function

Suzuki SX4 comfortably accommodate up to five people and their luggage needs, while maintaining a sleek and stylish look. 4WD models have exterior length-width-height dimensions of 4150 mm x 1755 mm x 1620 mm (2-wheel drive models: 1605 mm) These efficient scale and a minimum turning circle of 10.6 meters, Suzuki SX4 easy to navigate narrow roads in the city and easier to park in spaces that would be out of bounds for large SUVs.
The spacious interior provides a great listening experience and shoulder room, while rear seat passengers. Space is not the only factor to ensure a lot of comfort by train: the shape and position of the seats have been designed to support natural posture, the key to a comfortable long-distance travel. In addition, the ideal seat height, large openings and ground clearance make it easy to access for all on board. Rear seats set a little 'higher, which means they are back up to get a good picture.

Rear seats shared by 60:40, so long items can be done seated with one or two rear passengers. They can also be dropped forward to create a nearly flat load floor, increasing luggage capacity of 270-625 liters (VDA measurement).

A number of convenient storage space is available throughout the cabin, including large pockets on all doors with bottle holder.

The refinement and comfort of the board is reinforced in the last model with adjustable padded armrests on the doors, additional sound insulation throughout the cabin with new carpet design, all levels to help lower NVH.

Outside, a bigger engine under shield cover with damper improved transmission and increased rigidity of the body parts are also included.


Suzuki SX4 is a well-SZ3 offers six standard airbags, remote central locking with deadlocks, climate control, MP3 / WMA compatible CD radio with eight speakers, four electric windows, driver information display, and illuminated steering wheel mounted audio controls.

SZ4 model adds fog lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, half of the body protection, and heated exterior mirrors. SZ4 models with petrol engines are equipped with an even more specific, keyless entry and start, the dash center speaker, and an automatic air-conditioning.

Sales in April, on top of the model brings the SZ5-AWD (intelligent all-wheel drive), MP3 / WMA CD and six rear Privacy Glass.

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