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The Continental: A Saab (Maybe) Design Talk, and Future

Each week, our German slices and dices the latest news, and quick-hit driving from the other side of the His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we call him. the Continental.

Is returning? Speculation is rife production could imminently Now owned by NEVS (National Vehicles Sweden), Saab s old factory could start out vehicles again this

The neo-9-3 would be powered by internal combustion engines, but is planning to own up to its name and eventually an electric vehicle.

The second-gen 9-3 is not fresh; it was launched in 2002 and received a thorough makeover in I think it was a well-designed car;  it was the most interesting derivative of the GM I platform, which also sat the Opel Vectra/Signum, Chevrolet Maxx, Saturn Aura, and the unsuccessful, Europe-only Cadillac BLS Bob Lutz Special ). The 9-3 Turbo X wagon was hugely awesome, we please get that one again?

Talk on Design

Mercedes-Benz are irked by BMW s new 4-series coupe. features a front apron resembles not only a Ninja (in my opinion), but also more the Mercedes E63 AMG s fascia. This maw will eventually spread to all AMG while the previous AMG front design—still seen on most AMG models such as the SL—will down to Benz s regular There is some unhappiness the new theme appearing on a BMW.

Not at Villa d Este.

I have written the drama  concerning Italdesign s non-presence at the Concorso d Eleganza at d Este a few weeks ago. Not was Italdesign denied a spot, but so was Italdesign even released a statement informing that this year we won t be there.

And not we chose not to be there. Is the BMW Group, the of the event, trying to exclude the Group and its subsidiaries?

That is hardly the case, I after speaking with a with intimate knowledge of the process. BMW exerts no influence in the The Giugiaro Parcour —the crossover concept that crashed at the Goodwood Festival of (and another Ninja lookalike)—was deemed honestly not enough. And Lamborghini s proposal? It was aggressive.

We have a certain to maintain. Ouch.

Goodbye, Lights

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An upcoming high-volume car, which I can t talk quite yet, will a choice of halogen and up-level headlights. But there will be no option. And that is going to something of a pattern, and sooner than later. The proliferation of is as rapid as it was unexpected for many. A down the road, I don t see much of a for xenon lighting anymore.

LEDs are more flexible, and will be cheaper than technology. What s coming LEDs? That s a bit open now. Organic LEDs and light? Perhaps, but today, isn t even a semblance of viability for concepts, at least as far as headlights are

Taillights? Perhaps there be OLED taillights in a few years.

Tested:  Volkswagen Beetle

I don t like retro design, but I my two weeks behind the wheel of a Beetle Turbo test car in I was impressed by the precise handling and and the attention to detail employed the interior. Volkswagen managed to the 2.0-liter inline-four sound a flat-four engine—a nod, of to the original Beetle s engine

I was less impressed by the navigation which froze repeatedly, and by the which started to flap above 140 mph. (This is an test, after all. ) s perceived quality and materials are actual quality sometimes to catch up.

Speaking of autobahn-storming, BMW launch the latest iteration of the X5 M next fall. It will be by the same engine that the current model, but output be juiced to around 600 horsepower.  An automatic will be fitted, and same gear will make its way into the next X6 M. the road, of course—first, the base X6 will get replaced.

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