Saab Aero X competes in Villa d'Este Concorso
When good looks and elegance are the most important criteria for judging a car, then there can hardly be a more prestigious and stylish event than the Concorso d’Eleganza on the grounds of the Villa d’Este on Lake Como, Italy. Since 1929, collectors from around the world present their exclusive cars here to a specialist jury and the public.
In 2002, the event returned to its roots. Since, the latest drivable concept cars are again participating alongside the classic vehicles – just as planned in the event’s original mandate. Over the past years, the “Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Design Award,” which is assigned by the public, has been won by such landmark designs as the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, Peugeot 907 Coupé and Pininfarina Rosso Spider.
The organizers invited Saab to this year’s event (April 20 – 22) with the Aero X sports car prototype, which was voted “Best of Show” by AutoWeek Magazine at its 2006 Geneva Motor Show debut. In addition, AutoCar magazine in the U.K. voted the Aero X “Concept Car of the Year.”
At the Lake Como event, the Saab Aero X will be driven by Anthony Lo, GM Europe director of Advanced Design. “Although the Aero X has already received a lot of positive recognition, taking part in the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este is a very special feeling. It truly is an honor to represent our design team here,” Lo said.
Saab is a division of General Motors Corp. Saab Automobile USA is the importer and/or distributor of Saab 9-3, 9-5 and 9-7X automobiles for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For the 2007 model year, Saab markets seven car variants that have an estimated EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway.