What I’ve Got: Saab 9-5
The 2011 Saab 9-5 was a revolutionary car design that took traditional Saab traits of the “hockey stick” window design and three-port grille, and driver-facing ergonomic dashboard, and modernized them, without the fussy, messy lines that cars today take. However, this car also inspired multiple new car trends, such as solid rear lightbars, now found on cars from the Lincoln Continental to the Kia Stinger GT. Other design cues, such as its blue-tinted headlights, elegant blade-like wheels and blacked-out A-pillars, and some of the first trapezoidal front intakes seen on a modern car, showed that the car embodied minimalist, functional design, and subtly marked a new era in car design. This is a highly satisfying, unique design, whose functional elegance and esoteric design still stands out on today’s roads.