• Jul 13, 2006
The British press is having a little fun at the expense of the Saab Aero X concept car. The jet-canopied, ethanol-fueled beauty was being driven to London for its stint at the British Motor Show when it stopped to refuel in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

When it came time to continue on its way, the Saab was afflicted with a gremlin that we've all faced before: a dead battery. Scotland's Daily Record reported that the crippled concept was push-started, while London's tabloid Sun newspaper wrote that it was jump-started and then trailered for the remainder of the trip.

Both papers go out of their way to mention that the Aero X is a million-dollar car, as if that somehow makes a dead battery a remarkable event. Please. The Sun also reports -- incorrectly, it should be noted -- that this marked the first time that the Aero X had been seen outside the confines of an auto show.

A Saab rep told both papers that the car's canopy had been opened and closed several times that day, causing the excessive battery drain. Rest assured that come showtime, the Aero X will be sitting at the Saab stand at ExCeL, looking as gorgeous as ever. One look at it, and you'll forget all about this silly battery kerfuffle.

[Sources: The Sun & The Daily Record]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Forget that I cant wait for this to be unveiled in london this month:

      http://www.sybarites.org/2006/04/16/caparo-t1-supercar/
      • 8 Years Ago
      There is a key word that they actually missed. Driven. You could call that car more like a "prototype" not a concpet, since the majority of the concepts can't be driven on public roads. Sorta like the Chrysler ME Four Twelve that was track ready at the time of showing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GM sucks!

      How's that Tom Design? ;o)

      • 8 Years Ago
      And that comment was very usefull, Tom Design... :s
      • 8 Years Ago
      Typical British media sensationalism.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll trade in my SAAB 900 SE Turbovert in for that Aero X anyday, I don't care about the batter cronking out...that can be fixed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      to #5:

      Generally when a battery 'dies' there is enough juice to power the fuel pump and lots of other things, just not enough juice to turn the starter motor and crank the motor. So it's still a very valid thing on modern cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Heck, I don't care if it even has a motor, a battery, or a fuel pump. That car is going to look good as a wallpaper on my laptop. Kudos Saab.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Brits are complaining about electrical problems in a car? A bit of the pot calling the kettle black, if you ask me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Holy Crap! Tom your right!

      and yes, the Brits complaining about electronics is the pot calling the kettle black.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sick of high gas prices and the oil companies. I hope ethanol and cars like this one take over the market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great now all they need to do is green light the thing for production....

      I imagine they could fit it with a larger battery, after all who wants this to happen while their out shoppping on 5th getting in and out to buy 32 pairs of shoes.

      --Noah
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