Saab Fashionista Concept: Volt Hybrid Platform Re-imagined

Mike Stevens | Apr 30, 2009

It may be nothing more than the wild imaginings of an aspiring automotive designer, but the Chevrolet Volt-based Saab Fashionista concept could be 'just what the doctor ordered' for the ailing Swedish automaker.

Mayeul Walser, a 24 year-old design student at French creative college Creapole-ESDI, designed the Fashionista as a 2+2 sports coupe, with its name drawn from the car’s fashion industry inspirations: Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

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The ultimate aim for the Fashionista was to design a sports coupe that borrows the clean and simple lines of sci-fi movie cars, while taking inspiration from the fashion icons.

Mayeul envisions a V6 petrol engine replacing the regular four-cylinder unit attached to the Volt electric motor, providing a total output of around 223kW.

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Of course, this setup would alter the Volt system somewhat, as the four-cylinder engine exists to charge the electric motor, not motivate the car itself.

As concepts go, the Fashionista delivers a clever merging of futuristic concept styling with only a short step to production-ready practicalities.

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  • waxner says,
    5 years ago
    So why call it the Fashionista? Apparently this Saab concept partially takes its inspiration from Chanel’s collection, created by leading designer Karl Lagerfeld. It also features future technologies drawn from science fiction, such as the gullwing-esque front doors, and the lower section which apparently moves “out and then back”.

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