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SAAB INTRODUCES 1993 MODEL RANGE, HIGHLIGHTED BY NEW 9000 CS

 SAAB INTRODUCES 1993 MODEL RANGE, HIGHLIGHTED BY NEW 9000 CS
 Innovative Dealer Option and Ordering Program Allows Buyers
 To Tailor A Saab to Uniquely Personal Tastes -- And Budgets
 NORCROSS, Ga., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Saab Cars USA, Inc., importer and distributor of the distinctive Saab 9000 and 900 automobiles, is unveiling its 1993 model range at Saab dealerships throughout the United States.
 Known for flexing its muscles, not fluctuating its values, the Swedish automaker showcases its unique ability to combine automotive performance and social responsibility with the introduction of the new Saab 9000 CS.
 Another Saab innovation for 1993 is a dealer option and ordering program that allows 9000 and 900 buyers to specify equipment packages which satisfy uniquely personal tastes -- and budgets.
 New for 1993: The Saab 9000 CS
 Blending a proud heritage of aircraft and automotive innovation, the 1993 Saab 9000 CS is the newest addition to the popular 9000 series. Unlike any other automaker, with the introduction of the 9000 CS, Saab presents the world's first hatchback with the value and versatility of its familiar five-door bodystyle, and the refinement, comfort and styling appeal of an elegant, yet understated, European performance sedan. Categorized as a "Large car" by the EPA and offering a cavernous 56 cubic feet of interior spaciousness with the rear seat folded down, the 9000 CS combines this immense interior with luxurious appointments and an abundance of engineering accomplishments.
 New front and rear treatments distinguish the 9000 CS as unmistakably and uniquely Saab, and also provide a 25 percent reduction in aerodynamic lift for improved high-speed and side-wind stability.
 The 1993 Saab 9000 CS also benefits from a structural rigidity increase of 25 percent in torsion, making one of the industry's safest cars even safer. At the same time, interior and road noise are also reduced for greater comfort, while steering precision is improved.
 Saab's integrated safety cage construction has been enhanced in the 9000 CS through the addition of a roll-bar structure behind the rear doors. To further increase the Saab's already outstanding crashworthiness, every 9000 CS features improved side-impact protection with abundant occupant "survival space" and reinforced rocker sill partitions, seat cross members and strong connections between the sills and the B-pillars. A driver's side air bag and anti-lock brakes are standard equipment, along wtih front seatbelt pretensioners.
 As with all 1993 Saab 9000 models, the 9000 CS utilizes CFC-free air conditioning (A/C). Devoid of potentially harmful chlorinated fluorocarbons (CFCs), this new system's refrigerant will not harm the ozone layer. Saab was the world's first automaker to publicly unveil such an A/C system.
 Also new for 1993 is the Saab-developed Trionic engine management system, incorporated in every Saab 9000 with a turbocharged engine. This innovative system produces fewer exhaust emissions, burns less fuel, and gains greater efficiency from every gallon of gasoline consumed.
 A sumptuous wool interior option from one of Italy's leading fashion houses is available to supplement pique upholstery or leather. This natural fiber creates an upholstery suface that "breathes," so seats remain cool in the summer and warm in the winter for improved comfort.
 The new CS is the only five-door hatchback in Saab's 1993 lineup, and the Swedish automaker's innovative option and ordering program has allowed the 9000 CS to effectively replace last year's Saab 9000, 9000S and 9000 Turbo models. The 9000 CS is 3.7 inches longer than any of the three variants it replaces, and its body weighs only 7.7 pounds more than its predecessors.
 Like every 1993 Saab, the 9000 CS is backed by a six year/80,000 mile Major Systems warranty, including bumper-to-bumper, no-deductible coverage and Saab Roadside Assistance for three years/40,000 miles.
 Saab's New Dealer Option and Ordering Program
 The Saab option and ordering program will effectively bring Saab cars within reach of greater numbers of car shoppers, since buyers will now benefit from the availability of a wider variety of model variants in addition to those that are fully optioned.
 A Saab buyer can now indulge his or her preference for a turbocharged 9000 without a full range of luxury options, like leather seating surfaces and a glass sunroof. At the same time, those consumers who prefer creature comforts, but want them on Saab's more affordable 900 series, can specify a 900S -- which supersedes last year's Saab 900, but maintains the former's price position -- with an additional luxury equipment group. Saab dealers will assist shoppers in specifying the 9000 or 900 model that meets their individual needs.
 Suggested retail prices for the new Saab 9000 CS begin at $25,725, when outfitted with the Swedish automaker's 150 Hp, 2.3-liter engine. With the 200 Hp turbocharged engine option, the 1993 Saab 9000 CS carries a suggested retail price of $29,720.
 While many buyers will take advantage of the new Saab dealer option and ordering program to specify a CS to their personal tastes, those who desire the pinnacle of Saab prestige will opt for the 9000 CSE. The 9000 CSE is fully equipped with every Saab option available and retails for $31,060, or $35,055 with the Turbo engine option.
 In conjunction with the new option and ordering program, the Swedish automaker has held the price of its 1993 900S with luxury group to the 1992 level of $23,980 for the three-door hatchback and $24,595 for the four-door sedan. In addition 9000 CD sedans enjoy a price reduction -- most significantly on the fully equipped CDE Turbo version, decreasing from $37,615 in 1992 to $35,745 in 1993 (includes automatic transmission option).
 -0- 9/11/92
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: 1993 Saab News Information Kits have been distributed via regular mail today./
 /CONTACT: Steven Rossi or Elke Martin of Saab Cars USA, 404-279-6360/ CO: Saab Cars USA, Inc. ST: Georgia IN: AUT SU:


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