Photo Credit: New York Times
Saab’s new Design Director, Jason Castriota has been recently interviewed by the New York Times.
Here’s a small part of that interview below:
Jason Castriota, formerly designer for Ferrari, Pininfarina and Stile Bertone, has been tapped by Saab to lead design, through Mr. Castriota’s design firm. [...]
Photo Credits: Pete Kuncis
The Saab Rally Team here in the North East, are at it again, this time as an entry to the New England Forest Rally here in Maine this Friday, July 17th in Bethel, Maine near Sunday River Ski resort. Their team will be joining the RallyHo! Motorsports team as the only Saab entries in the forest rally.
Driver Luke Sorenson and co-driver Joshua Jenny, will be taking their 1975 Saab 99 rally car that we’ve seen participate in numerous rallies here in the North East region of the United States over the years. [...]
Photo Credit: Charles Gould
Saab enthusiast, Charles Gould has recently written a rather detailed account of his “barn find” acquisition of a 1962 Saab 96.
Below is the first chapter of this incredible story.
Another Saab Story- Barn Find 1962 Saab Model 96!
Written by Charles Gould
Photos by Gabriele Isenbrand
I received the Craigslist ad from a friend on Friday night, even before I saw it on the Vintage Saab list, where it had also been posted. The ad said that the 1962 Saab, had been parked in this garage by a little old lady in 1978, and that it had sat there ever since. The ad confessed that the engine was stuck, and that the rest of the car’s condition was unknown, but the photos made it look fairly derelict, with all of the dust and debris which had collected on it for those thirty-three years.
Everyone on the Vintage Saab list had speculated that thirty-three years in a dark, damp New Jersey garage could not have done it well, and that between the salt air, and the obvious mice infestation, it was probably a fairly rusty candidate for restoration.
Photo Credit: Rally Ho! Motorsports
On July 16th & 17th, the team will be participating in not a Saab 99 as they previously used, but a 1984 Saab 900, fully outfitted to meet the needs of this international rally scene.
RallyHo Motorsports, have been in the Saab rally scene since the early 1990’s. RallyHo Motorsports consists of Mike White (Driver), John Groo (Driver), Jared Lantzy (Co-Driver) as well as Team Manager Suzanne Dunavent-White and Crew Chief Brett Rudolf.
With the experience, team size and expertise on hand, the RallyHo Motorsports team appears to have a bright future in the Rally Scene in New England. [...]
Photo Credit: Keith Coleman
Keith Coleman, one of the participants that attended the “SAVE SAAB” kickoff event in Detroit this past January, has kindly shared a photo for this week’s “Saab Sighting of the week” at Saab History.
Here’s his quote below describing the photo of the Saab 9-3 SportCombi and how he took it. It looks spectacular!
I was traveling in Spain and Scotland the past few weeks and enjoyed seeing a good amount of SAAB’s on the road. Here is a shot of one in Elgin, Scotland. I shot it on my infrared camera. Hope your well, keep up the great work. Thanks, Keith
Saab Automobile, known as a historical leader in the hatchback segment of the automotive industry, has not offered a true hatchback model since 2002.
However, with the recent details of the new 9-3 to arrive in 2012, that history of the hatchback, is expected to be continued.
It is logical that Saab is choosing to offer the hatchback in their latest Saab 9-3 model, effectively picking up where they left off a decade ago, in a continuation of the same 9-3 model lineage.
I am very pleased to hear of this good news and look forward to seeing this model come to market in the near future.
How many of you will be interested in buying a hatchback once it becomes available? Please voice your opinions below.
Here are the known details of the new generation Saab 93, based on a new “Phoenix Architecture”
The following product segments will be available in this model which include a convertible, 3-Door Hatchback, Sedan and Sport Wagon. In terms of technical details, it should have an electrified turbo as we learned about at the Saab dealer conference in Boston, along with a hybrid powertrain option amongst its right-sized engine choices combined with an Interior & Exterior Designed by Jason Castriota [...]
Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB
New Design Director at Saab Automobile
* Former Pininfarina and Bertone designer joins Saab leadership team
* Will lead design for Saab’s product expansion program
Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab Automobile today announced the appointment of former Bertone and Pininfarina designer Jason Castriota as its new Design Director.
Castriota, 36, now takes the lead role in design at Saab, reporting directly to Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson. He and his design company will be responsible for exterior and interior design and will lead the design activities at Saab as the brand renews and broadens its product range.
Announcing the appointment, Jan Åke Jonsson said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jason to our leadership team. He has an outstanding track record in automotive design and will help us take the brand forward. He will play a key role in expressing all that’s best in the innovative tradition of Saab design as we carry our brand’s roots into the future.”
“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.”
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