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Saab for 1998: 9000


Only 1,300 Saab 9000s Will be Imported for Final Model Year

NORCROSS, Ga. - The Saab 9000 entered the U.S. auto marketplace in 1986 and quickly built a loyal following of enthusiasts who were captivated by the car's sports car-like performance combined with interior space that rivaled many station wagons. The unique Saab 9000 virtually established its own niche in the European sports sedan marketplace by successfully blending a spacious five-door configuration with sports sedan performance and luxury car amenities. Classified by the EPA as a "Large Car," the Saab 9000's generous interior space belies its mid-size exterior dimensions.

For 1998, one model will be produced in limited quantities to bring the venerable 9000 line to a close - the elegant Saab 9000 CSE. After a worldwide production run of more than half a million Saab 9000s since its debut, the final model year in the U.S. will be limited to only about 1,300 cars. The 9000 will be followed by the debut of the all- new 1999 Saab 9-5 premium sport sedan in the spring of 1998.

For the first time in the CSE, Saab's powerhouse 225-hp Ecopower 2.3L Turbo engine will be the standard powerplant when matched with the five-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged engine's aggressive torque curve peaks with 252 Ib.-ft. at a low 1,800 rpm, delivering effortless passing power and acceleration. In addition to the manual transmission, the 9000 CSE is available with a four-speed automatic transmission, matched with a 200-hp version of the 2.3L Turbo engine.

The Ecopower Turbo engines offer a unique combination of high performance, low exhaust emissions and low fuel consumption. Key elements of the Saab Ecopower concept are: turbocharging (with intercooler), award-winning Saab Trionic engine management system, four valves per cylinder, direct ignition, a preheated oxygen sensor and a catalytic converter positioned close to the engine to reduce its warm-up time. Saab engineers have done more than simply created a powerful engine. They have produced a powerplant that delivers almost 100 horsepower per liter, plus class- leading fuel economy and low emissions. Saab's turbocharger is also monitored by Saab's exclusive Automatic Performance Control (APC) which adjusts boost pressure based on fuel quality and octane. With water-cooled bearings, the turbo is engineered to last the lifetime of the vehicle.

High-performance 16-inch tires are standard on the 9000 CSE for 1998, along with newly restyled "Super Aero" light alloy three-spoke wheels, now with exposed lug nuts. Standard front and rear spoilers add to the Saab's performance appearance.

High Level of Standard Equipment

Equipped with an exhaustive list of standard features, the Saab 9000 CSE's luxurious cabin pampers occupants with leather upholstery, heated front seats, electrostatic cabin air filter, Automatic Climate Control (ACC), a power tilt/sliding glass sunroof and polished California burl walnut dashboard trim. Front shoulder belts are height adjustable and the steering column telescopes to accommodate various driving positions. The stereo is a 150-watt AM/FM/cassette/CD player system developed and tuned exclusively for Saab by renowned high-fidelity experts Harman/Kardon. With 10 speakers placed strategically throughout the cabin, sound reproduction is nothing less than superb. The system also features a dedicated Weather Band channel and a removable key pad and individual security code for theft prevention.

The Saab 9000 CSE offers a refined package of comfort, convenience and unparalleled versatility in a luxury car. The high-lifting tailgate opens to an impressive 23.5 cubic feet of trunk space. Extending the luggage area by taking advantage of the rear seat's 40/60/100 split/fold design reveals a cavernous 56.4 cubic feet of cargo area, the most capacity in its class.

Safety Engineering Proven in Real Life

Consistently commended by various insurance industry groups, the Saab 9000's safety statistics are among the best in the auto industry. Active and passive safety is provided by dual airbags, front safety belt pretensioners, anti-lock brakes (ABS), self- restoring 5-mph bumpers and sturdy safety cage body construction with integral side impact protection and front and rear crumple zones. Continuously illuminated low-beam headlights, or other forms of daytime running lights (DRL), although not required in the U.S., have been proven in Saab's native Scandinavia to help reduce daytime car-to-car accidents. For that reason, all Saabs sold in the U.S. are equipped with DRLs.

Theft protection is provided by an engine-immobilizing alarm system, activated by a convenient remote control unit that also locks and unlocks the doors, and releases the rear cargo hatch. When triggered by unauthorized entry, the sophisticated anti-theft system sounds an audible alarm, flashes the lights and, most importantly, locks out the electronic engine management system, the starter motor and also cuts off the fuel supply. Each time the alarm is armed or disarmed, the system establishes a new digital code, eliminating the possibility of tapping the code with a scanning "decoder" device.

The Saab 9000 CSE appeals to car shoppers' practical and emotional senses. Buyers who want utility without sacrificing a smooth ride, outstanding handling, respectable fuel economy and all the luxury appointments, find the elegant Saab 9000 suits their needs perfectly.

Warranty protection for all 1998 Saabs includes 4-yearl50,000-mile bumper-to- bumper coverage, including 24-hour roadside assistance and free 5,000-mile first maintenance. Perforation coverage extends for six years with no mileage limit.

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