* Saab sales of 2,314 cars up 17% over January 2000 (1,979 cars)
* Saab 9-5 sales up 46% over January 2000
NORCROSS, Ga. - Saab Cars USA, Inc., the U.S. importer and distributor of Saab 9-3 and 9-5 automobiles, announced sales of 2,314 cars during January 2001 - a 17 percent increase over January 2000 (1,979 cars).
Saab sold 1,165 Saab 9-5 models, a 46 percent increase over last January (800). Sales of the 9-5 Sedan were up 46 percent over January 2000 (821 cars vs. 561), and sales of the 9-5 Wagon were up 44 percent over same period (344 cars vs. 239). January was the sixth consecutive month that the 9-5 model out-sold the Saab 9-3 model line. Saab sold 1,149 9-3 models in January, which is on par with January 2000 (1,164).
"We're extremely pleased to start the year so strong," said Richard O'Kelley, Saab Cars USA's Vice President of Sales. "In a month of uncertainty regarding the automotive market, our retail partners responded with excellent results."
For the 2001 model year, Saab introduced some exciting new features to its line of vehicles. Saab is the first European brand to introduce advanced, voice-activated on-board communication services standard in all of its U.S. models. This system - the latest generation OnStar - uses wireless technology and state-of-the-art voice recognition and text-to-speech technology to provide hands-free security, information and concierge services. Saab will also continue to offer its No Charge Scheduled Maintenance Program. This covers all 9-5, 9-3 SE, and 9-3 Viggen models.
Saab Cars USA, Inc. is the importer of Saab 9-5 and 9-3 automobiles for Saab Automobile AB and is headquartered in Norcross, Ga., near Atlanta.