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Saab Automobile’s New Design Director, Jason Castriota Interviewed By New York Times

Posted on 23. Jun, 2010 by .

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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. […]

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Christian Von Koenigsegg Interviewed About Saab Vision

Posted on 27. Oct, 2009 by .

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Car Magazine has interviewed Christian Von Koenigsegg about his vision for Saab Automobile. If you have not learned much about CvK and his vision for Saab, please read this interview in addition to the on camera interview I did back in September.

What’s surprising in this interview is that CvK admits it was not his idea, but previous investor, Mark Bishop’s idea for Koenigsegg to buy Saab from GM.

Read the rest below.

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By Tim Pollard

27 October 2009 11:12

We meet Christian von Koenigsegg in Ãngelholm in the old flying squadron offices of Koenigsegg Automotive’s offices. A new supercar rolls out of the old Jas hangar every fortnight on average, each built by hand. The rolls of carbonfibre lying around serve as a reminder that life is about to become very different. Koenigsegg is leading the masterplan to buy Saab from GM, a deal which is dragging on as funding and legal loops are jumped through. A perfect time then, for CAR to interview Christian von Koenigsegg on his plans. He talks candidly about future product, the chances of reviving the Sonnet sports car brand, launching a sub-9-3 Mini rival and returning to rallying.
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GM & Sweden Hastening to Close Saab Deal

Posted on 09. Feb, 2009 by .

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According to Edmunds Auto Observer, General Motors & Sweden are apparently hastening to close the Saab deal this week. I certainly hope so, the G.M. Business plan is being submitted to the U.S. Treasury on February 17th, so they only have 8 days left!

This is probably the most intense week of Saab Automobile’s life, perhaps almost like it was back in December of 1989, so here’s to a fruitful outcome next Tuesday.

What I like the most about this article is the reference to the Saab 9-1 premium compact model once again, that’s also something to look forward to!

GM, Sweden Hastening to Close Saab Deal

A report from Europe late last week says General Motors Corp. and the government of Sweden could be hurrying to broker an arrangement for GM’s wholly-owned Saab Automobile AB that would effectively re-establish Saab as an independent automaker.

GM’s Carl-Peter Forster was reported as saying GM and the Swedish government are working quickly to refine the details of a deal – authorized and financed by Sweden – that would establish independent, Sweden-based management for Saab and re-establish most, if not all, of the company’s auto manufacturing once again in the Scandinavian nation, said a story by Britain’s AutoCar magazine.

GM is rushing to tie-up the plan so that Saab might at least technically no longer be a part of GM when the company presents its next restructuring blueprint to Congress Feb. 17 and other federal entities in order to be considered “viable” and worthy of receiving continued government funding.

Although Sweden reputedly continues to stress it has no interest in owning Saab, government representatives have said the country would help fund a plan to separate Saab from GM and help establish a new ownership structure, perhaps a coalition of investors.

GM has for some time been seeking a solution for Saab, which it is believed has never been profitable under GM ownership and sold just 21,368 vehicles in the U.S. for all of 2008.
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