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Saab 9-5 Wagon Named 'Top Car' for 2001 by AAA


NORCROSS, Ga. - The 2001 Saab 9-5 Wagon has been selected as one of the top vehicle choices for 2001 by the American Automobile Association (AAA). The Saab 9-5 Wagon was among more than 180 models that AAA evaluated for its 2001 New Car and Truck Buying Guide. AAA annually gives the Top Car Award to the passenger cars with the highest rating in their respective 11 price categories. The 2001 Saab 9-5 Wagon took top honors in the $30,000 to $35,000 class. It was applauded for its powertrain performance, interior room, ride and handling, and high level of safety features.

AAA offers consumers clear and informative reviews based on real-world situations. Evaluation criteria include ride and handling, safety, acceleration and braking, fuel economy, comfort and convenience, storage space, and value. "In the end, our selections hinge on which vehicles offer the best combination of performance, design, quality, and value," said Dave Van Sickle, New Car and Truck Buying Guide Editor. For more details, please see the AAA web site at

Sporting several Saab innovations designed for customers with active lifestyles, the 9-5 Wagon blends a high level of fun and function. From the driver's seat, owners appreciate one of the strongest and broadest torque bands in the segment. Both the four-cylinder, 2.3L light- pressure turbocharged equipped 9-5 Wagon and the world-first asymmetrically turbocharged V6-powered 9-5 SE Wagon excel at sporty acceleration from a standing start. Equally as important, both variants deliver ample power on tap when it's time to pass slower-moving utility-only vehicles.

Along with a generous helping of fun-to-drive appeal, Saab's all new sport wagon offers a spacious and flexible cargo bay, distinguished by several unique utility features. The aircraft-inspired CargoTracksTM metal load rail system allows owners to transport everything from pets to heavy, oversized packages, all securable with one-grip locks and special bolts. A broad range of accessories such as cages, dividers, nets, cargo guards and other securing mechanisms, make the CargoTrack system an extremely flexible transport feature. An optional sliding load floor, able to accommodate up to 440 pounds and extendible to almost 20 inches, facilitates the loading of heavy objects.

Like all 2001 Saabs, the 9-5 Wagon comes standard with the world-first Saab Active Head Restraint system, designed to reduce the risk of whiplash-type injuries during rear collisions. Front and side head and chest air bags also are standard, as is a lengthy list of additional Saab safety systems and features.

Manufacturer's suggested retail price is $34,695, which includes a high level of standard safety, comfort, and convenience equipment.

Saab Cars USA, Inc. is the importer of Saab 9-5 and 9-3 automobiles for Saab Automobile AB and is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, near Atlanta. In 1999, Saab enjoyed its sixth consecutive year of sales growth in the U.S. with a 28.6 percent increase over 1998. For more information, please visit

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