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Saab Announces 2001 Model Year News


Saab to provide OnStar Generation 2.6 as standard equipment

Latest generation OnStar system includes voice-activated, hands-free personal calling and personal e-mail, in addition to voice-activated Internet connectivity for information like stock quotations, customized news, etc. Customers can configure vehicle settings from the Saab USA website. OnStar's continuing safety and security features like automatic airbag notification and route guidance enhance Saab's real-life safety philosophy. Twelve months of premium service is included. Saab is the only European brand to offer such advanced voice-activated telematics across its entire line.

Saab will continue No Charge Scheduled Maintenance Program

Introduced mid-year 2000, the no charge scheduled maintenance program will continue to cover Saab 9-5, 9-3 SE and 9-3 Viggen models for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. This Program covers all the factory recommended scheduled maintenance (excluding wear and tear items).

In addition, all Saab models now feature a new remote entry control that is integrated into the head of the key.

Saab 9-3 Model Line

The Saab Traction Control System (TCS) is now standard on the entire 9-3 model line. Saab's TCS is an "all-speed" system that modulates ABS braking and electronic throttle to optimize the traction of the front drive wheels.

For 2001, Saab has discontinued its base convertible model and will offer a value-priced SE Convertible model instead. It will feature Saab's 205 horsepower high-output turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, 16" alloy wheels, an exterior body kit and an upgraded audio system for $39,995 (excl. destination). A premium package will be available that includes Automatic Climate Control, power passenger seat and driver's side memory, a rear spoiler and leather-wrapped sport steering wheel.

A new 15" five-spoke alloy wheel replaces the ten-spoke wheel standard on base level Saab 9-3 5-door models.

Saab 9-5 Model Line

The Saab 9-5's 2.3-liter turbocharged engine now provides 185 horsepower (up from 170 HP) for enhanced overtaking power. The 9-5 SE will continue to provide Saab's 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 as standard equipment.

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