fabulous one-off Ferrari P4/5 and the Bertone Mantide concept, has been brought in to help create a brand new design language for the Swedish car maker, and to help return it to its quirky, distinctive roots.
The first focus for 36-year-old Castriota will be a replacement for the 9-3, which is due in 2012.
"The 9-3 design as made by him is basically done, and I can tell you it is spectacular," Victor Muller, CEO of Saab's parent company Spyker, told Bloomberg. "It is truly aircraft-inspired and Swedish-clean."
The next major project after the new 9-3 will be a small car inspired by the droplet-shaped 92 of the early 1950s. According to Bloomberg, Saab is talking to BMW about using the Mini's chassis and drivetrain for its planned small car.
"A small premium car from Saab is a very important vehicle and is something that could truly help the overall production volume of Saab," Said Castriota.