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Saab appoints Ferrari designer

After the sale of Saab Automobile in February this year - from GM to Spyker Cars NV - the company's direction is now focused on taking on BMW and Audi by using impressive designs as its main weapon of choice.
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Recently appointed by Saab as the head of design, Jason Castriota plans to focus on aerodynamics with the upcoming 2012 model 9-3. “It's absolutely vital we get this car right,” Castriota said in a recent interview with Automotive News.

Models like the Saab 9-X Concept (pictured above) are said to be the platform on which the future 9-3 will be based upon.

The company aims to become profitable by 2012 and with Castriota leading the design team, hopes to release a string of new models that recreate Saab's foundations by incorporating aviation into its aesthetics.

Jason Castriota - the guy who was at the head of design at Pininfarina during the creation of the Ferrari P4/5 and Maserati's Gran Turismo - is the man Saab is hoping to take the company to the next level. “This is Saab returning to its roots, not having to worry about being part of a much larger machine that they were before in the GM organisation."

(with Automotive News)