A group of Saudi Arabian students collaborated with Magna Steyr and Studiotorino to create this concept car called the Gazal 1. It was presented to Geneva visitors.
Fifty students from the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia worked on this Gazal 1 concept car from April 2009. It has now been presented at the Geneva Motor Show. The students worked in collaboration with Magna Steyr on the engineering side and Studiotorino for styling. Over 50 sketches were offered and the final one chosen in May last year. An Australian designer named Peter Arcadipane was called on to supervise the whole project.
The main brief was to create an SUV with certain classical undertones but modern at the same time. It would be based on the Mercedes-Benz G-Class in terms of chassis and mechanics.
Every aspect, from styling and engineering feasibility to a running prototype were conducted in both Riyadh city and Turin where Magna has its Italian office. The prototype will be unveiled in Riyadh some time this year to mark the end of the project.
As for the name, Gazal is a reference to the very fast Arabian Gazelle, an apparently extinct antelope identified with the Saudi Arabian area. Green is said to be quite popular with Arabian people so it became the main colour of choice.