In Sweden, Saab is in the media. Jason Castriota's design for the 9-3 successor first appeared today at Swedish Radio, later at Auto Motor Sport. The friends of Saabsunited, they are in direct contact with Castriota, will soon deliver even better pictures in higher quality.
It does not seem to be a coincidence that the Castriota designs are published at the present time. According to sources, the designer wants to talk to him again, and he should also be in contact with the Saab investors. Although Saab-NEVS acquired the Phoenix platform and the rights to the old Saab 9-3, it did not purchase the Castriotas design.
Saab internally, the Castriota draft was not undisputed. The car is too American, too little Saab, it was said in Trollhättan. Simon Padian's alternative design from Saab Design Studios was, in many eyes, the more harmonious solution. No matter how the story ended, we would finally get our hatchback back.
The cards are now reshuffled. For Castriota, who has always designed supercars, it would be a new challenge. And Simon Padian is also only 70 kilometers away in Gothenburg. A lot of Saab spirit and design experience is gathered there at Hareide Design. Everyone has to decide which design would have been better. The new Saab owners are faced with a difficult decision.