(the conversation works that way: First, they show the front photo, then, the rear, as the order appears. This was the way i found to dont pollute too much the thread, but all the conversations were written in a line, so i would appreciate if you read everything.)
Oh wow, glad you chose the Nimbus among that solid list of contenders.
I’ve got something in mind for the next round; if all goes well I’ll have it up this evening.
CSC 28 - Rebirth of the Griffin
In a secret boardroom somewhere in Northern Europe, several investors are gathered around a large table. Today is a special day. Today is the day Saab is being truly revived. The details of “how” and “why” are not important, what is important is that this new Saab will need an entirely new car to come back on the market. Seeing as the group is all investors, they need to outsource the design and engineering before they can build up the company enough to have this work done in-house.
Your task is to design a new Saab model to get the company back on its feet.
This can either be a new generation of a previously existing model, or something completely new.
This car will be unveiled in 2020 for production by 2022, so design it accordingly. Also important is that it’s obvious from a look that it’s a Saab, so this means the three part grille must be included. Any other visual cues to have it recognised as a Saab will be appreciated. As far as the body style goes, there’s no restriction other than this should be a model that will appeal to the masses to have the new company start strong. Niche models can come later.
Take a look at the inspirational photos below to get some idea of what a Saab looks like.
Also important is the engineering. Saab is known for generally smaller and often turbocharged engine. The company built generally smaller and rather premium cars. This is what these investors are expecting. Study the construction of Saab’s last production models if you have no idea because those are a good starting point. It would also be embarrassing for a Swedish brand to have cars that can’t handle winter, so keep that in consideration as well.
Typical naming scheme (Model: CSC28 - [your name], Trim: Saab [name and (if relevant) designer], Family: CSC28 - [your name], Variant: [whatever you want])
At least one photo of the car needs to be posted before the deadline
2020 for model/trim/family/variant - this is an all new car
Must have a transverse engine, can be FWD or AWD
95 RON fuel and no more than 6 cylinders, turbo is preferred but not necessary
Most importantly, be realistic. This is not a spreadsheet challenge and stats aren’t a huge concern (they will be considered to some extent), I just want to see some nice reasonable cars and I will look at the design/engineering as a complete package.
The round opens right away and you have until Sunday March 1st at 5 PM EST to submit your car.
Feel free to ask if you have any questions or concerns for me to address.
Edit: Clarified the sort of model I want for this. It can either be a new gen of an already existing Saab model, or it can be a whole new model. I don’t have a preference for either as long as it fits the brief.
After checking Saab’s models,I’ve found 1 of their concept model “Saab Phoenix” which has a sportier approach.Is it allowed to base my entry on a concept car or a 4 seats sports car similar to Audi TT?
Katsuro Design Studios Presents The ALL NEW SAAB 20-X
I’ll help you with this a bit.
I asked Steph the same question in discord. In short, they’re looking for a mass production car that is suitable for every buyer. Anything that’s not a 4 door sedan, or a wagon or some kind of combi isn’t technically a mass production car.
How about an suv, these being all the rage these days?
Crossovers are indeed quite popular right now, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea. I just personally don’t like them very much.
In other words, aim for a high volume market, not low volume.
And for the SUV question, the 9-7x did exist (with criticism from being a blatant GM rebadge), and the 9-4x in the examples is a crossover that briefly existed before the death of the company.
words to live by
guess i’ll just chance it then