Jason Castriota and the Saab PhoeniX Concept

My thanks to Jason Castriota for taking some time to be our first interviewee here on Inside Saab.

I was curious to ask Jason how his thoughts have settled now that we’re a month or so along from the launch of the Saab PhoeniX Concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011.

PhoeniX was a concept that got a lot of attention, the majority of it positive, but it wasn’t without controversy. The car has received an overwhelming response here in New York and I was keen to see how Jason felt about PhoeniX visiting his home town.

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  1. Hello Steven,

    It’s as if you read my mind! I was hoping you would get an interview with Jason talking more about the PhoeniX. I would love to hear more about special features of PhoeniX from Jason even though I have watched everything I could find about it, and more about the new Saab 9-4X, 9-5 SportCombi and of course the 9-3.

    Though I am still disappointed not to be in New York this week your coverage is wonderful and gets me even more excited to see and drive the 9-4X and 9-5 SportCombi as soon as possible.

    These are such beautiful vehicles.

    Keep up the great work!



  2. Looks great Steven! Nice video, and excellent work with the content on this trip. Sorry I had to scoot so quick, only had a few minutes to get everything done this morning, plus give mom the tour. Thanks for being so warm, and I look forward to seeing you soon. You’re a class act. -Jeff

  3. I think it is funny some people think that the negativity towards the PhoeniX has turned into positivity. Not so for everyone. Some of us have just made an attempt to be quiet since it gets old after a while hearing someone who only has something negative to say. But since I haven’t said it here at this site I guess I’m good to go.

    The PhoeniX is not a SAAB in look, feel, or ethic. It is just wrong. The front is acceptable but the rear is a total mess if one keeps in mind the goal was to have this be a SAAB. Leave the Mantide on the Mantide please. Thank you.

    I also think that saying they need shock and awe as an excuse to be so far left of what SAAB is about is just a complete cop-out. There is no reason something truer to SAAB could have been made that would have had the same effect. Look no further than the exquisite and award winning AeroX. I give Jason some room for understanding as I understand he had very little time to do the design. Next time though please try a little harder.

  4. This blog platform is a bit hard for my surfing machine, no flash, and I seem not to be able to go back and edit this text before posting…If I make misstakes I have to erase all or give up.

    Sorry for complaning on an other wise good site.

  5. Steven, I have really developed an appreciation for Jason. The Phoenix is a courageous design that has accomplished what it was intended to do…get people talking about SAAB. I look forward to seeing the next generation 9-3 and how the Phoenix concept has influenced it.

    Inside SAAB is off to a great start.