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Saab Goes to the Extreme – On the Big Screen

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Saab Goes to the Extreme – On the Big Screen

Saab Cars USA is worldwide exclusive sponsor of new large format
(IMAX® type) adventure sports film

Norcross, GA — Saab Cars USA is the worldwide presenting sponsor of the giant screen adventure Extreme—Filmed With IMAX® Cameras. The film features the best athletes in the world as they challenge the most intimidating forces of nature, in some of the world’s most remote and extreme places.
Skiing and snowboarding perilous untouched mountain peaks; climbing vertical frozen waterfalls and magnificent red-rock spires; surfing this century’s largest waves and windsurfing El Nino strength winds, Extreme will make audiences part of the action like never before. Viewers will feel like they’re personally experiencing these extreme sports adventures, courtesy of the unique IMAX® camera filming process. All footage is shot on 15/70 mm film, with a negative ten times the size of traditional 35 mm film. Images are then projected with crystal clarity onto eight-story high screens.
“Saab owners aren’t the type of people who sit on the couch all weekend — they love action, adventure and the outdoors, which made this sponsorship opportunity almost a ‘must-do’ for us,” said Sal Gatbonton, promotions manager, Saab Cars USA, Inc. “Extreme is all about pushing the envelope when it comes to performance and control of potentially dangerous situations–and that’s very much the backbone of our product philosophy.”
As the presenting sponsor, Saab has also introduced a line of Extreme merchandise through its accessory program, including CDs, videos, logo wear and more. All merchandise will be available through Saab’s U.S. dealers, or can be ordered online at www.saabcatalog.com.
Saab Cars USA, Inc., headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab Automobile AB, Trollhattan, Sweden. For the latest available information on Extreme, visit the Extreme web site at www.extreme70mmfilm.com.

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Saab Continues Partnership with Gary Fisher Bicycles

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Saab Continues Partnership with Gary Fisher Bicycles

Two brands with a passion for breaking the rules join forces

Norcross, GA — In 1947, Saab Aircraft engineer Gunnar Ljungstrom broke the rules of conventional automotive design by creating a car with the aerodynamic shape of an airplane wing, proving that form and function weren’t mutually exclusive in a passenger car. In 1974, Gary Fisher broke the rules of bicycle racing by designing the world’s first “all-terrain” bike, proving that bikes didn’t just have to go down the hill—they could go up, too. While separated by nearly three decades, the birth of these two brands signaled a challenge to the status quo. Today, Saab and Gary Fisher Bicycles continue their quest to bring new ideas and insightful solutions to the art of four- and two-wheeled transportation. The companies have also joined forces in bringing their shared philosophies and world-class products, to rule breakers around the world.
“Breaking the rules, challenging the status quo, is what Gary Fisher is all about. That attitude, along with the company’s innovative line of products, had tremendous appeal to us” said Sal Gatbonton, promotions manager for Saab Cars USA. “At Saab, we’ve always believed that conventional wisdom doesn’t provide the best answers, and we actively seek out brands like Gary Fisher Bicycles who share this philosophy.” Gatbonton emphasized that the relationship isn’t a traditional sponsorship. “We’re very much interested in helping each other pinpoint new opportunities for growing our respective brands.”
Saab Cars USA remains Gary Fisher Bicycles’ exclusive automotive marketing partner for 2000. For the racing season, Saab will have a prominent presence at both national and World Cup mountain bike events — both on the sidelines and on the off-road course. The Gary Fisher Saab Race Team, which includes 1996 Olympic Gold Medal and 1997 World Championship winner Paola Pezzo and top World Cup racer Michael Rasmussen, will be competing in exclusive team wear featuring the Saab logo. The Saab name will also be featured on team bicycles and accessories, as well as all team promotional materials. In addition, approximately 300 grassroots riders will be sporting Gary Fisher Saab Race Team
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jerseys, and thousands of additional jerseys will be retailed to local riders. The full line of team wear will also be featured in the Saab accessory program.
Saab 9-5 Wagons will serve as the team’s four-wheeled transportation. “The Saab 9-5 Wagon is the ideal car for people who want a high level of performance, safety, long-distance travel comfort, and maximum versatility,” said Nate Tobecksen, media director, Gary Fisher Bicycles. “Innovative features like CargoTracks™, which give us optimum flexibility when we’re strapping down the volumes of stuff we need to transport from race to race, are invaluable. And, because the 9-5 Wagon has the coolest styling out of any utility vehicle on the market, as well as incredible off-the-line torque, our racers usually battle for the car keys.”
Gary Fisher bicycles are being featured in all national Saab auto show exhibits. Conversely, Gary Fisher will host Saab owners and prospective buyers at a number of exclusive events, ranging from recreational bike tours with team members to mountain bike riding clinics and trailhead parties. Web site links, private label bicycles, employee product discounts and sweepstakes are some of the additional benefits of the partnership.
Gary Fisher Bicycles is one of the world’s leading brands of performance bicycles sold through specialty retailers. As chief designer, Gary Fisher continues to be one of the most creative forces in cycling, with a bicycle line that includes highly engineered, American-made aluminum alloy and steel mountain, luxury and children’s bikes. In addition to his innovative concepts in bike design, Fisher also creates a full line of helmets and accessories.
Saab Cars USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab Automobile AB, Trollhattan, Sweden, is the U.S. importer and wholesaler of Saab 9-5 and Saab 9-3 automobiles. Since the 1947 debut of Saab’s first passenger car, the superbly aerodynamic Saab 92, Saab has continued to build on its heritage as an aircraft manufacturer by introducing numerous engineering and design innovations. Featuring such world-first technologies as the Saab Active Head Restraint system, and an asymmetrically turbocharged V6 engine, Saab’s 2000 model line continues to exemplify Saab’s spirit of independent thinking.

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SAAB FOR 2000: 9-3 — SUMMARY

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SAAB FOR 2000: 9-3 ” SUMMARY

MODEL YEAR 2000 UPDATES: 9-3

q 9-3 SE models feature increased horsepower; entry models with automatic transmissions offer increased torque
q Sport enhancements for SE models
q New alloy wheels on entry-level models
q Additional safety and convenience enhancements

NORCROSS, Ga. The Saab 9-3 range for 2000 features the 9-3 Coupe, 9-3 5-door and 9-3 Convertible. All Saab 9-3 models are powered exclusively by turbocharged engines and offer a combination of excellent performance, an outstanding level of safety and superb driver control. For 2000, Saab offers a number of updates across the entire 9-3 model line.

9-3 Models Feature Performance Upgrades
All Saab 9-3 SE models (5-door and Convertible) now feature the 2.0-liter high output turbo engine as standard equipment. For 2000, this engine’s output is increased to 205 horsepower and is available with either the automatic or manual transmission. Like all Saab engines, peak torque is sustained across a broad range ” this engine produces 209 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,200 to 4,800 rpm with a manual transmission and 184 lb.-ft. from 1,900 all the way up to 5,700 rpm with the automatic. This broad range of peak torque provides the 9-3 SE with maximum power on demand through nearly the entire driving range.
Entry level 9-3 models will continue to feature Saab’s 185 horsepower 2.0-liter engine. Saab engineers have increased this engine’s torque when equipped with an automatic transmission to 184 lb.-ft. (up from 169 lb.-ft.) from 1,900 rpm to 5,000 rpm. In addition, this engine’s turbocharger has been redesigned for improved launch performance.

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For 2000, All Saab engines utilize Saab’s Trionic 7 (T7) engine management system. T7 monitors and controls the direct ignition, fuel injection, turbo boost pressure and throttle setting to enhance performance and virtually eliminate turbo lag.

Sport Enhancements for SE Models
The Saab design team complements the 9-3 SE’s greater performance abilities with sporty updates including a front chin spoiler, flared rocker panels, a new rear valance, body colored mirrors, polished chrome sport exhaust tip and a sports steering wheel. In addition, the 9-3 SE Convertible integrates a rear bridge spoiler. The SE 5-Door also incorporates a specially tuned sport suspension for more responsive handling.

New Wheels on Entry Level Models
Saab’s entry level 9-3 models receive newly designed 15-inch light alloy wheels ” a five-spoke design is standard on all Coupes, while ten-spoke wheels are featured on all 5-Door and Convertible models.

Additional Interior Enhancements
For enhanced safety, child seat top tether anchors are now provided in all three rear seating positions (convertible models provide two positions). In addition, all models receive a passenger side console-mounted storage pocket for added interior carrying space.
For convenience, Saab 9-3 customers have the choice of either AM/FM with a cassette player or AM/FM with a CD player at no additional cost.

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SAAB FOR 2000: 9-3 VIGGEN SUMMARY

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SAAB FOR 2000: 9-3 VIGGEN SUMMARY

MODEL YEAR 2000 UPDATES: 9-3 VIGGEN

q 9-3 Viggen Convertible and 5-Door models debut
q Increased horsepower and torque for all Viggen models
q Two additional exterior color choices

NORCROSS, Ga. â” The 1999 introduction of the Saab 9-3 Viggen Coupe, possibly the world’s most entertaining front-wheel drive car, marked the debut of the highest-performing Saab production car ever built. For 2000, Saab takes the 9-3 Viggen” named after the Saab JA37 Viggen jet fighter ” even further.

New 9-3 Viggen Convertible and 5-Door Models

For 2000, Saab offers a complete line of 9-3 Viggen models ” adding a Convertible and 5-Door variant to the recently-introduced Coupe. These new models feature the same performance-enhancing upgrades from which the Coupe benefits. The 9-3 Viggen convertible will be the highest-performing convertible Saab has ever produced and the 5-door model will combine the Viggen’s outstanding performance characteristics with additional passenger comfort and versatility.

Increased Horsepower and Torque for 2000
Saab’s top performers now deliver 230 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 258 lbs.-ft. of torque from a low 2,500 rpm all the way up to 4,500 rpm. This broad range of maximum torque provides Viggen drivers with even more power on-demand for safe overtaking and spirited driving.

Additional Exterior Color Choices
All three Viggen models are now available in two new colors, Black and Silver, in addition to the previous Viggen exclusive Lightning Blue. Less than 3,000 9-3 Viggens will be produced for the world in model year 2000, with 1,000 of them coming to the U.S. market.

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SAAB FOR 2000: 9-5 SEDAN SUMMARY

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SAAB FOR 2000: 9-5 SEDAN — SUMMARY

MODEL YEAR 2000 UPDATES: 9-5 SEDAN

q New 9-5 Aero Sedan debuts
q SE Sedan features V-6 engine as standard equipment
q Traction Control System (TCS) and sunroof standard on all models
q SE model provides standard auto-dimming rear view mirror
q New 16” ten-spoke alloy wheels on entry level model

NORCROSS, Ga. – The Saab 9-5 Sedan is often lauded for its synthesis of performance, safety, design and value. For 2000, Saab continues to refine the popular sport sedan with enhancements to each of these core attributes.

New 9-5 Aero Sedan debuts
On the heels of introducing the potent Saab 9-3 Viggen, Saab brings another high-performance variant to market — the 9-5 Aero. This sporty sedan features a high output turbocharged, 230 horsepower 2.3L 4-cylinder engine that is available with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
The 9-5 Aero builds on the performance heritage of its predecessor, the 9000 Aero, while adding all of the innovative technologies and luxury amenities of the current 9-5 model line. The new Aero features a sport chassis with performance-optimized suspension, upgraded brakes and 17-inch alloy wheels with low profile tires.

SE Models Feature V-6 Engine
For 2000, all Saab 9-5 SE Sedans feature the 3.0L V-6 light pressure asymmetrically turbocharged engine as standard equipment. This powerplant generates 200 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 229 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm. All SE models also receive a standard automatic dimming rearview mirror that improves night-driving visibility.
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Entry level Saab 9-5 Sedans will continue to offer the 170 horsepower 2.3L
4-cylinder light-pressure turbocharged engine. These models can be upgraded with a new Premium Package, which includes leather interior, a memory function for the driver’s side 8-way power seat and a 240-watt, 9-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system.

Standard Traction Control System (TCS) and Sunroof
For enhanced driving control in inclement weather conditions, the Saab Traction Control System (TCS) is now standard equipment on all 9-5 models (previously only available, standard, on V-6 models). Saab’s TCS is an “all-speed” system that modulates ABS braking and electronic throttle to optimize the traction of the front drive wheels.
Saab also now provides a sunroof as standard equipment on all 9-5s.

New 16” Alloy Wheels on Entry Level 9-5’s
All entry level 9-5 Sedans will come standard with newly designed 16-inch ten-spoke light alloy wheels, while 9-5 SE Sedans continue to feature the existing, premium 16-inch five-spoke light alloy wheels.
All 9-5 Sedans offer an optional 17-inch BBS multi-spoke design alloy wheel. It features a bright diamond satin paint finish that appears like a polished wheel but provides outstanding durability.

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SAAB FOR 2000: 9-5 WAGON SUMMARY

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SAAB FOR 2000: 9-5 WAGON — SUMMARY

MODEL YEAR 2000 UPDATES: 9-5 WAGON

q New SE Wagon features V-6 engine as standard equipment
q Traction Control System (TCS) now standard on all models
q SE Wagon provides standard auto-dimming rear view mirror
q New 16” ten-spoke alloy wheels on entry level Wagon

NORCROSS, Ga. — The Saab 9-5 Wagon is an extremely sporting and dynamic car. As with any Saab, it combines an inspiring driving experience with high levels of safety. Additionally, it’s useful for the everyday needs of both families and people who enjoy being active and want a car that reflects their lifestyle.
For 2000 — following the launch of the 9-5 Wagon in the spring of 1999 — Saab adds more value with performance, safety and convenience enhancements.

SE Models Feature V-6 Engine
For 2000, Saab will offer an SE version of the 9-5 Wagon (akin to the SE Sedan). All 9-5 SE Wagons are available only with the 3.0L V-6 light pressure asymmetrically turbocharged engine that generates 200 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 229 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm. All SE models also receive a standard automatic dimming rearview mirror that improves night-driving visibility.
Entry level Saab 9-5 Wagons will continue to offer the 170 horsepower 2.3L
4-cylinder light-pressure turbocharged engine. These models can be upgraded with a new Premium Package, which includes leather interior, a memory function for the driver’s side 8-way power seat and a Harman/Kardon audio system.

Standard Traction Control System (TCS) and Sunroof
For enhanced driving control in inclement weather conditions, the Saab Traction Control System (TCS) is now standard equipment on all 9-5 models (previously only available, standard,

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on V-6 models). Saab’s TCS is an “all-speed” system that modulates ABS braking and electronic throttle to optimize the traction of the front drive wheels. Saab also continues to offer a sunroof as standard equipment on all 9-5 Wagons.

New 16” Alloy Wheels on Entry Level 9-5’s
All entry level 9-5 Wagons will come standard with newly designed 16-inch ten-spoke light alloy wheels, while 9-5 SE Wagons continue to feature the existing, premium 16-inch five-spoke light alloy wheels.
All 9-5 Wagons offer an optional 17-inch BBS multi-spoke design alloy wheel. It features a bright diamond satin paint finish that appears like a polished wheel but provides outstanding durability.

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