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SAAB TO TRANSPORT NEW CARS WESTWARD VIA LANDBRIDGE; DELIVERY TIME TO WESTERN DEALERS REDUCED

 SAAB TO TRANSPORT NEW CARS WESTWARD VIA LANDBRIDGE;
 DELIVERY TIME TO WESTERN DEALERS REDUCED
 ORANGE, Conn., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Saab Cars USA, Inc., importer and distributor of the distinctive Saab 9000 and 900 automobiles, will utilize an innovative inland rail network known as Landbridge to transport new vehicles from its Brunswick, Ga., port to Saab dealers in the Western portion of the United States.
 Brunswick, Ga., will also continue to service Saab dealers in the Southern and Central states with new Saab automobiles. The Saab port of entry in Davisville, R.I., is unaffected by this proactive measure and will continue to support Saab dealers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas. The Landbridge will immediately supersede Saab's West Coast port of entry in Long Beach, Calif.
 According to Andrew F. Lugris, national distribution manager, Saab Cars USA, Inc., "The Landbridge is a transcontinental railroad shipping process, utilizing enclosed rail cars and special automotive railhead facilities." He continued, "Saab's new transport process to supply dealers in the western portion of the United States will reduce delivery time to the final Saab consumer by an average of nine days, and will offer increased product availability, flexibility, and delivery alternatives since it will allow more dealers to draw from a common stock in Brunswick." The Landbridge concept will eliminate the necessity to transport new Saabs by boat through the Panama Canal.
 To verify the viability of the Landbridge, Saab undertook a two-year operational study utilizing a variety of rail cars and tie-down systems. That project demonstrated the efficiency and effectiveness of transportation packages offered by various rail carriers.
 Saab 9000 and 900 automobiles are produced exclusively in Trolhattan, Sweden and Uusikaupunki, Finland, and are transported from Scandinavia by boat to Saab's two active East Coast ports in Davisville, R.I., and Brunswick, Ga.
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 /CONTACT: Steven Rossi or Karin Nobile of Saab, 203-795-7704/ CO: Saab Cars USA, Inc. ST: Connecticut, Georgia IN: AUT SU:


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