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April 2000 Sales Up 23 Percent


* Saab sales of 3,319 units up 23% over April, 1999 (2,700 units)

* Saab 9-3 Convertible up 43%; 9-5 Wagon up 83%

NORCROSS, Ga. - Saab Cars USA, Inc., the U.S. importer and distributor of Saab 9-3 and 9-5 automobiles, announced sales of 3,319 units during April 2000—a 23 percent increase over April 1999 sales (2,700 units). Year-to-date, Saab is gaining sales momentum and catching up to the torrid pace set in 1999. The year-to-date total sales are at 10,092, which is down 9 percent from the same period in 1999 (11,084). However, 1999's total included 760 fleet sales.

In April, Saab sold 2,000 9-3 units, of which 979 were 9-3 Convertibles. This represents a 43% increase over April 1999. The Saab 9-3 Convertible is offered in three turbocharged models: the base convertible, the 9-3 SE which features Saab's 2.0-liter high-output turbocharged engine, and the 9-3 Viggen which offers 230 hp and up to 258 Ib.-ft. of torque from its 2.3-liter high-output turbo engine.

Sales of the Saab 9-5 Sedan and Wagon models also were strong, with a total of 1,319 units retailed during April. The Saab 9-5 Wagon continues to gain sales momentum as 441 units were sold in April—an 83 percent increase over April, 1999, the month in which the 9-5 Wagon was introduced. This April, Saab introduced the 9-5 Aero Wagon, a high-performance variant that offers Saab's potent 2.3-liter high-output turbo engine, a performance-tuned chassis and sport-enhanced exterior design. The 9-5 Aero Wagon epitomizes Saab's belief that performance and safety can go hand in hand.

Saab Cars USA, Inc. is headquartered in Norcross, GA, near Atlanta.

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