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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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New Design Director at Saab Automobile

Posted on 18. Jun, 2010 by .

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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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Saab Plans Marketing Blitz For All New 9-5 Sedan

Posted on 17. Jun, 2010 by .

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In the next month or so, Saab Cars North America is expected to launch an all out marketing blitz as part of the launch of the all new Saab 9-5 in the United States according to Business Week.

There’s a huge wave of media and communication” that will start in Sweden when the 9-5 goes on sale June 19, Adrian Hallmark, executive director of sales, said in a phone interview. Saab will spend more than $150 million on marketing in the second half of 2010 after spending “nothing” on promotions since the sale by GM, he said.

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Saab Automobile AB Seeks Hybrid EV & Safety Manager

Posted on 15. Jun, 2010 by .

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Saab Automobile Seeks Hybrid EV & Safety Manager for their new projects in electrical vehicle development in Trollhättan, Sweden.

For more details, read below and click here for the orignal posting on ManPower.

Saab Automobile AB is now looking for Hybrid EV & Safety Manager

Location / service advertised in:
Sweden, Västra Götaland County

Saab Automobile AB is a brand new company, but with more than 60 years long history. We are approximately 3,000 employees in Sweden and most of us are working at the main plant in Trollhättan. We manufacture premium cars with new innovative technology to customers in more than 60 markets around the world. We work with the entire process from concept, design, development and production of analysis, testing and marketing.

We are currently seeking an experienced Hybrid EV & Safety Manager to work directly at Saab Automobile, Technical Development in Trollhättan.

Saab Automobile AB has its roots in Trollhättan and in a strong tradition of innovation and design. The result is breakthrough technology and versatile car that combines driving pleasure with respect for the environment

In this recruitment cooperate with SAAB Manpower Professional.

Manpower Professional is Sweden’s largest recruitment companies. We are located at some 50 locations and has over 15 years experience in recruitment.

Job Description
We are now looking for a person to the department Hybrid & EV integration, which is a small team with specialist skills to support other organizations in the development of this new technology area. Work areas within the team and project management – Coordination and expertise in feature development, energy storage and high-voltage applications.
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Saab Boss Victor Muller Speaks About Electric Cars

Posted on 15. Jun, 2010 by .

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As we know, the future of the automobile industry will require Hybrids and fully electric EV’s, and it’s the auto industry that must create the demand which will then in turn, help to justify developing the sustainable “smart grid” powered infrastructure to fully support it.

Saab Automobile’s new Chairman, Victor Muller of Spyker Cars has recently spoken to Just Auto about his slightly different take on the future of EV’s in the automobile industry.

While Saab continues to develop it’s new era of independence, it must maintain it’s continued vision and passion for sustainable transportation solutions as a historical leader in technological solutions within the automotive industry.

It’s important to indicate that partnerships with companies such as Boston-Power, are just the beginning of this process.

As Saab Automobile emphasizes it’s interest to be a leader in this space, it will need to ensure that these products become a reality for consumers just as other manufacturers are doing, so that this global smart grid infrastructure powered by sustainable energy sources, can begin to take shape.

Muller is also skeptical about full electric cars, although he said Saab will run an electric test fleet when it launches the new 9-3.

“I lose sleep over electric cars – they are a contradiction in terms. They are only as good as the grid they get their electricity from.

“In Stockholm EVs are truly zero emission because the country has nuclear and hydro-electric power stations. You can’t say the same for New York because the car might have an electric motor but 500 miles away someone is shoveling coal into the generating station.

“We have to look at where the electricity comes from. There is a long way to go before EVs can be truly classed as zero emission. I see the future for now in hybrids, smaller, high performance internal combustion engines aided by electric solutions.”

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Saab Automobile Settles with Creditors

Posted on 15. Jun, 2010 by .

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Saab Automobile Settles with Creditors

Trollhättan, Sweden. On June 17, 2009, a creditors’ meeting was held by the District Court of Vänersborg where Saab Automobile made a proposal for a composition with its creditors to write down by 75% unprioritized debt that had accrued prior to the company’s reorganization. The proposal was approved by the District Court and, in accordance with the terms of the composition, payment of the composition dividend was to be made on June 17, 2010. All creditors with an undisputed claim, and who have submitted their payment details in accordance with the letters sent to them by Saab Automobile, will be paid on this date.

Jan Åke Jonsson, CEO of Saab Automobile, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank those loyal suppliers who have supported Saab over the past year – they have contributed significantly to the creation of an independent Saab. We aim to build on these partnerships as we roll out a new range of exciting cars starting with the new Saab 9-5 this summer.”

Contact:
Saab Automobile Press Office
Tel: +46 (0)520 279797

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Saab Automobile Appoints New Nordic Region Director

Posted on 15. Jun, 2010 by .

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Saab Automobile Appoints New Nordic Region Director

• Key appointment to lead restructured Nordic organization
• Provides central support for independent branch offices

Trollhättan, Sweden. Saab Automobile today announced the appointment of Magnus Hansson as Regional Director Nordic, responsible for sales, marketing, aftersales and business development in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.

Hansson takes up this newly-created position from 1 August. He assumes direct responsibility for the Swedish market, while Country Directors at Saab’s branch offices in Denmark, Norway and Finland will also report directly to him.

This new role is part of a series of key management appointments being made at Saab Automobile as the company establishes a new organization to take it forward as an independent business.

Announcing Hansson’s appointment today, Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson said: “Our home market in Sweden is a crucial component in the success of the company and we are delighted to have Magnus onboard. His new role will enable us to create and benefit from synergies with the other Nordic markets. Their offices have been set up as lean, independent operations and Magnus’s team will also provide dedicated marketing and business support.”

Hansson, 35, who will report to Adrian Hallmark, Executive Director, Sales, is currently Global Product Manager at Saab and brings a broad range of international experience to his new role during 10 years with the company. He is a former Country Manager in Canada, where Saab achieved record sales during his tenure.

Hansson will be succeeded as Global Product Manager by Christopher McKinnon, currently a group leader within the department. Johan Palmér will continue as Acting Director of Sweden with full operational responsibility until 1 August.
Contact:
Saab Automobile Press Office
Tel: +46 (0)520 279797

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The Reviews Of The 2010 Saab 9-5 Begin To Arrive

Posted on 08. Jun, 2010 by .

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The reviews of the 2010 Saab 9-5 begin to arrive from the international press. If you know of reviews that are not listed here, please add them below in the comments.

United States

Automobile Magazine“My, how you’ve grown”

Auto Critical“Ready for take off!”

Autoblog – “Skål!”

Car & Driver “Retro Cues, Not Retro Design”

The Detroit Bureau“Worth the wait…and more’s coming.”

Racer“This is by far the best Saab ever made”

Auto Week “Competent? Absolutely. Exciting, maybe not so much.”

Popular Mechanics“The new 9-5 is a worthy also-ran in an incredibly competitive class”

United Kingdom

MSN U.K. “It’s certainly something different and it’s decent”

The Telegraph “Blame GM for its shortcomings”

Car Magazine“Is the new 9-5 going to rip up the rulebook? Hardly.”

Auto Trader“The new Saab 9-5 is a tremendous statement of intent”

Auto Express U.K. “If you are looking for the ultimate driver’s machine, this Saab clearly isn’t it.”

What Car“The 9-5 is a stylish, unfussy car”

France

Auto Info“It remains only to wish that this new Saab model is that of the new era.”

Motor Legend“Sophisticated equipment”

Caradisiac“car of renewal”

Sweden

TTELA“The car sits glued to the road. It is quiet and comfortable,”

Expression“You can not ignore “the new Saab”

E24Pure “saabismina”

Italy

Motori24“Saab back on track with the new 9-5”

Singapore

The Straits Times – “Saab has a real shot at success with this one.”

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