Archive for 'Aero-X'
If Koenigsegg Buys Saab Automobile, Would It Mean A Chance Of A Production Version Of The Saab Aero-X?
Posted on 21. Apr, 2009 by Ryan.
Update: Geely & Koenigsegg have both officially indicated to Saab History that they are not interested in Saab Automobile AB at this time.
I have contacted Saab United as well as Swedish Radio to see why sources are indicating that Geely & Koenigsegg have been touring the Saab Automobile facilities as of late.
It’s too bad neither of these companies are interested as many of us were starting to become hopeful that Koenigsegg would buy Saab Automobile as we see in the poll results below.
There has been many enthusiastic individuals wondering, if Koenigsegg does come through for Saab Automobile as a buyer, would that mean that the possibility of building a production version of the Aero-X is more realistic?
Furthermore, since Swedish Companies, Saab Automobile and Koenigsegg, both have jets in their genes and a long racing background, wouldn’t this be a good match for such a collaboration?
I have posted a poll below, as it would be interesting for us to see the results.
Posted on 05. Feb, 2009 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB
The Saab Aero-X Concept Car that debuted back in 2006, is apparently to be shown in the movies this summer, possibly in both the Transformers 2 film in 26 June 2009 and/or the GI Joe film in 7 August 2009,
I have not received any real “official” confirmation from the production companies as of yet, but I will keep trying. It is interesting that both films were produced by Paramount however.
Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by Ryan.
Image Credit: Saab-Salomon
Although the Saab-Salomon partnership is ending in North America in January of 2009, a second generation Aero-X ski has been introduced in jet black, inspired by the Aero-x but with a taste of the Turbo-X.
With this product again being only available in Europe, we’ll see how I can do with another demonstration.
It is my hope that I can get the opportunity again to compare these skis to the previous ones again this season.
Below is the press release:
Saab inspired ‘Aero X’ ski with full wood core
On the piste with Saab and Salomon
Scandinavian car brand Saab, renowned for its progressive design, continues its creative partnership with leading sports brand Salomon to bring the newest generation of an innovative ski to the market.
The â€˜Salomon Aero Xâ€™ ski is inspired by Saabâ€™s award winning Aero X concept car and is an expression of Salomonâ€™s latest technology. These all-rounder skis add a totally new dimension to the performance of carving as they deliver unrivalled control on demand.
Like a car axle, the Aero X skis feature â€˜hybridâ€™ technology so the front and back of the skis have very different functions. The front half of the ski is designed to enable the skier to maximize the turn and gain power through it, allowing the skier to choose and control the radius of their arc.
New for 2009 the Aero X skis is constructed with a full wood core for added stability. The core combines with the double monocoque construction to deliver power with impressive torque. The Salomon Aero X ski range offers maximum performance thrills with full assistance, so that every turn becomes intuitive and skiers can unleash the power while remaining totally in control. Just like Saab cars.
Annika Priou, Manager of Saab Marketing Communications says, â€œThis collaboration is testament to the fact that Saab and Salomon complement each other perfectly and understand each otherâ€™s independent-minded target audiences. Both brands are demonstrating what seven years of partnership can bring. Together we present cutting edge design to sporty, activity-related products.â€
The Aero X ski is priced at around 799 Euros and will be available in January 2009. For more details visit www.saab.com or www.salomon-sports.com.
Posted on 28. Jun, 2008 by Ryan.
As a follow-up to the previous writeup on the past and present Saab designers and their achievements, it was necessary to include a chronological up-to-date listing of Saab projects both production and concepts.
This listing includes each Saab project, year introduced along with each designer and/or engineer that contributed to the given project.
This list is a work-in-progress, so any additions and/or modifications that you see necessary below, please add your comments to ensure correctness and accuracy.
Photo Credits: Saab Automobile
Design Contributions by Model
SAAB Scandia 90 (1946-1958)
SAAB 91 (1947-1966)
SAAB 92001 (Prototype) (1946/1947)
Posted on 10. Jun, 2008 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: Hisstank
The Saab Aero-X Concept car will be debuting in the G.I. Joe film that will hit theatres in 2009. This film is currently in production and the Saab Aero-X concept car was displayed and thanks to the website Hisstank.com, we have a photo of it on the movie set.
This film is the second Hollywood blockbuster due out in 2009, the other being Transformers 2, both showcasing products of the Hasbro, represented by products of General Motors.
The question we all want to know, especially the folks at the Transformers blog, is whether or not the Saab Aero-X concept car as previously mentioned, will actually be debuting in Transformers 2 as well.
Here is the official movie site http://www.gijoemovie.com/
Posted on 16. Apr, 2008 by Ryan.
Film Credit: Okemo Mountain Resort / Saab History
On Saturday, March 29th, I took the opportunity to review the Saab-Salomon partnered Aero-X Skis at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont that I mentioned back on March 28th while visiting New England.
As you may or may not already know, Saab Automobile as well as Salomon both coincidentally began their operations in 1947. Since this time, both companies have been known for unique and innovative ideas in their respective markets.
As a Saab owner, enthusiast and a long time snowboarder, hence the question posed during an interview with Saab-Salomon sponsored skier Kaj Zackrisson, back in January about a possible snowboard holder on the Saab 9-4x BioPower Concept car in Detroit, I realized it was about time and long overdue to take the initiative to reconnect with my past and explore the rare opportunity to review or “test drive” these Aero-X inspired skis by Saab-Salomon.
My ski background began approximately sixteen years ago at Mount Sunapee resort in New Hampshire. This ski resort is part of the same resort group that Okemo Mountain Resort belongs to, called Triple Peaks Resorts, which also includes Crested Butte Resort in Colorado. It is worth mentioning that Crested Butte was the resort that Saab Automobile USA used to promote the Saab 9-2x, Saab’s first attempt at an All-Wheel Drive system, back in 2004 and 2005. Having the opportunity to “restart” my ski past in the present, with probably one of the best skis in the world with two companies I have developed an interested and passion about, was an opportunity I could not pass up.
These Saab-Salomon partnered Aero-X skis were inspired by Saab Automobile’s Aero-X Concept car that debuted in March of 2006. The Saab Aero-X Concept car is Saab Automobile’s representation of what aircraft aerodynamics and scandinavian design looks like.
While I have not had the chance to test drive the Snow Silver Saab Aero-X concept yet (yet), I have had the chance to experience other Saab models as well as other skis in my past, and I must start by stating that these skis as indicated in the video above, are light years from the skis of yesterday that I learned to ski on.
I began the beautiful sunny spring ski adventure at Okemo on some modest trails, all of which were enamoured with packed powder. These conditions allowed me to get acclimated to skiing, but also to the new skis.
I understand that these all-mountain skis, ideal for the pro, were surprisingly well suited for those that fall within the beginner-intermediate ability level. It did not take long until I began to get more comfortable with the skis, and therefore headed out onto more advanced terrain including the Slalom course for the first time in my life. I was surprised however, that these skis were not painted in the same “Snow Silver” as the Aero-X, however, I could imagine that it probably made more sense that the real snow on the mountain provided a better backdrop for these skis instead.
The handling capabilities in these skis (please excuse my analagous automobile references), were particularly noticeable when cornering, and best enjoyed on the Slalom (Auto Cross) course. My confidence in these skis peaked as I rounded each flag with very little effort.
The latest generation of “system” skis, that being that the bindings were integrated into the ski itself, provided the flexibility and “forgiving” response that I needed while traversing my way through the impeccable conditions.
The various terrain at Okemo Mountain Resort’s 117 trails spanning over 600 acres, allows for a variety of skill and ability levels from beginners to professionals. Over the years, Okemo Mountain Resort has worked with Saab Automobile, and today, they have an existing relationship with Salomon.
Over the years, my family has made visits to Okemo Mountain Resort taking advantage of the New Hampshire/Vermont resident weekend program, which was extremely fulfilliing as this family oriented resort has always been in my opinion, a supportive and especially friendly environment for all age groups.
As I recall during some of my visits in the past while either piloting my own Saab or being a co-pilot in friends or a family’s members Saab, I vividly recall seeing Saab’s logo and/or vehicles scattered throughout the resort. I can’t help but hope that Saab Automobile USA comes through to Okemo Mountain Resort today as a full-on sponsor for the next five years as Okemo is currently in the market for a new automobile sponsor. With Saab Automobile USA as well As Salomon partnering with a ramped up sponsorship engagement at New England’s premiere resort, taking in over 600,000 visitors each season, this venue is too ideal to pass up.
With Saab Automobile’s new Saab 9-3 complete with their industry leading all-wheel drive system known as “Cross-Wheel Drive” or XWD, Saab Automobile USA needs to officially partner with Okemo Mountain Resort in order to showcase and promote this appropriate product at this appropriate venue. Over 45% of the Saab Automobile USA’s demographic is located in the North Eastern region of the United States, and therefore it should now be no question who they need to partner with, for this long overdue and highly anticipated product launch for the brand.
If you are a Saab owner or enthusiast in the North East region of the United States, and are thinking about breaking into the ski culture or looking to upgrade your existing skis, the Saab-Salomon Aero-X skis are for you, and of course, the resort that continues to meet and exceed the expectations for Saab owners for decades, is Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont.
A thank you to Okemo Mountain Resort as well as Saab-Salomon in working quickly with Saab History in order to facilitate this unique cross-promotional opportunity to review the best skis in the world at the best ski resort in the North East region of the United States.
To check out the latest conditions and to plan a visit Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, please visit their website directly at : http://www.okemo.com
For more information on the Saab-Salomon partnership, please visit their website: http://www.saabsalomon.com/
Posted on 01. Apr, 2008 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: Saab History
According to a highly credible source as of late that ties into a mention by Eric Geers during an interview at the North American International Auto Show in January, the Saab Aero-X Concept car will be debuting in the second Transformers film which apparently will be on or near June 24th 2009. With General Motors the main sponsor for the first Transformers movie in 2007, it gives even more credibility to this news as of late as the Saab brand under GM ownership making an appropriate debut like this.
I understand that the Saab Aero-X will be a new version of the transformer character called “WheelJack”. Wheeljack has many similiar design elements, especially the notable wrap-around windscreen and white body color.
The irony if this character is chosen to embody the Aero-X concept car, is that “wheeljack”, was apparently a LANCIA vehicle, harkening back to Saab’s past history collaborating with Lancia (Fiat) on both the Saab 600 and 9000 projects.
I wonder if the Saab Aero-X will take on a new transforming routine by converting into a jet, hence the “Born From Jets” tagline or will it turn into the same character as Wheeljack, just a robot or both a robot and an airplane?
It will be interesting as time moves on where and when this Aero-X will be depicted in this film.
Here is the official movie site http://www.transformersmovie.com/
Posted on 28. Mar, 2008 by Ryan.
Photo Credit: Saab History
This weekend, I will be reviewing the Saab-Salomon Aero-X Skis that debuted in December of 2007 at a ski resort in Vermont that has previously collaborated in promotional events and activities with Saab Automobile USA.
These unique skis were inspired by the Saab Aero-X concept car that was launched in the spring of 2006. The Aero-X is the halo vehicle for all of Saab’s future design language as exhibited in the recently updated production model 2008 Saab 9-3 as well as the 9-4x BioPower and 9-X BioHybrid concept cars.
Here is a copy of the original press release on the Saab-Salomon Aero-X Skis:
SLALOM WITH SAAB AND SALOMON
Independent thinking car brand Saab has teamed up with leading sports brand Salomon to launch an innovative new ski. Named the â€˜Salomon Aero Xâ€™, the ski is inspired by the award winning Saab Aero X concept car and is an expression of Salomonâ€™s very latest technology. The skis add a totally new dimension to the performance of carving as they deliver unrivalled control on demand.
Benoit Saint Venant, Head of Design at Salomon, â€œThis collaboration is testament to the fact that Saab and Salomon complement each other perfectly and understand each otherâ€™s independent-minded target audiences. Both brands are celebrating their 60-year anniversary this year and together represent cutting edge design when it comes to sporty, activity-related products.â€
The Aero X skis are the first to feature â€˜hybridâ€™ technology – rather like car axles the front and back of the skis have very different functions. The front half of the ski is designed to enable the skier to maximise the turn and to continue to gain power through it, allowing the skier to choose and control the radius of their turn.
The two highly innovative companies, both known for their dynamic design and performance, first embarked on joint initiatives in early 2001. The Aero X ski is the latest collaboration and there are further projects in the pipeline for the outdoor sports sector.
The Salomon Aero X ski range offers maximum performance thrills with full assistance, so that every turn becomes intuitive and skiers can unleash the power while remaining totally in control. The Aero X ski is priced at around Â£500. For details visit www.saab.co.uk or www.salomon-sports.com
Notes to Editors
About Salomon Aero X skis
Construction: Fiberglass Monocoque Double Wall
Layout: Alutex Layout
Base: UHMW Graphite and designed base
System: Protrak MG
Core: Full woodcore
Guarantee: 2 years
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