Sweet Home Alabama Cars up for Auction



9/02

SAAB'S NEW YORK METRO DEALERS AUCTION "SWEET HOME ALABAMA" CARS; ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT NY-BASED CHARITY

Two 2002 Saab 9-3 Convertibles used in Touchstone Pictures' new romantic comedy will be auctioned on ABC Auctions. All of the proceeds from the auction will be donated by Saab's NY Metro dealers to Dress for Success New York, a not-for-profit organization that helps low-income women make a transition into the workforce or retain their existing job.

NORCROSS, GA - In the movie "Sweet Home Alabama," starring Reese Witherspoon, up-and-coming fashion designer Melanie Carmichael drives a Saab 9-3 Convertible. The car is the perfect accessory to her fast-paced designer career. In an equally chic move, Saab's New York metro area dealers are auctioning off the two convertibles used in the production of the movie and donating all of the proceeds to Dress for Success New York, a not-for-profit organization that helps low-income women make a transition into the workforce or retain their existing job. The auction takes place on ABC Auctions, presented by eBay from September 27, 2002 to October 3, 2002.

"In the wake of 9/11, the women of New York have faced one challenge after another -from the immediate aftermath of the tragedy to its ongoing economic impact," said Joi Gordon, Executive Director of Dress for Success. "Sweet Home Alabama was one of the first movies filmed in New York City following the tragedy, and we believe that this auction and its support of Dress for Success New York will make a difference in the lives of the women throughout the region who are determined to overcome obstacles and reach for their dreams. We sincerely thank Saab's metro New York dealers for their generosity." Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview, a second suit when she gets the job, and ongoing support to help her build a successful career.

The popular Saab 9-3 Convertible is an open-top, four-seasons car that features a turbocharged engine with 205 horsepower for excellent real-world performance. It provides generous room for four occupants, sports car ride and handling and a comprehensive list of standard safety and convenience features that provide exceptional value.

In the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama," New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael suddenly finds herself engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor, but her past holds many secrets, including Jake, the redneck husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. Bound and determined to end their contentious relationship once and for all, Melanie sneaks back home to Alabama to confront her past. As Melanie discovers that falling in love a second time is even better than the first, she realizes that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can never take the South out of the girl.

Saab Cars USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab Automobile AB, is the importer and distributor of Saab 9-3 and 9-5 automobiles and is headquartered in Norcross, GA, near Atlanta. Saab Automobile AB, owned by General Motors, is active in more than 50 countries worldwide.


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