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Ex Ferrari designer joins Saab

2010-06-21 08:54
Saab has announced the appointment of Jason Castriota, former Bertone and Pininfarina designer, as its new Design Director.

Castriota is known for creating the Ferrari P4/5 and the Maserati GranTurismo.

In his new position Castriota will report directly to the CEO of Saab Automobile Jan Åke Jonsson and will be responsible for exterior and interior design. For now, the American and his design team’s most pressing task is to create a compelling version of Saab’s current 9-3. The new car is to take on similar offerings from premium carmakers and is due for release in 2012.

“I’m greatly looking forward to joining such an iconic brand,” said Castriota. “Saab has a very strong and distinctive heritage which gives it great potential to develop.  This is an exciting opportunity for me to help shape its future products.”    

Victor Muller, Saab Automobile’s Chairman, added: “Bringing a young, highly-talented designer to Saab underlines the company's determination to produce cars which stand out because of their unique aircraft inspired, Swedish identity. With Jason heading up Saab design, we will be making landmark cars for the foreseeable future.”

Saab was sold by General Motors to Spyker in February this year. The carmaker aims to be profitable by 2012.

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