New Start for Saab in the Canadian Marketplace: 2011 Model Year Vehicles To
Be Sold in Canada


    


    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ --

    --  International Fleet Sales to provide distribution services
    --  Potential of 20 retail dealers to support network
    --  All-new 2011 model year vehicles to land in dealership showrooms in
the
        fall of 2010

    
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<p>Saab Cars <span class="xn-location">North America</span> (SCNA) and International Fleet Sales (IFS) announced today the return of Saab to the Canadian marketplace.  SCNA and IFS are developing the process necessary to import and distribute new Saab vehicles throughout <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> beginning with 2011 model year vehicles.  Approximately 20 dealers have already expressed interest in the opportunity to sell the luxury brand.</p>
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<p>"Saab Cars <span class="xn-location">North America</span> is proud to have successfully reached a memorandum of understanding with International Fleet Sales to begin providing high-quality, stylish and trendy Saab vehicles into the Canadian marketplace," said <span class="xn-person">Mike Colleran</span>, President and COO, Saab Cars <span class="xn-location">North America</span>.</p>
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<p>"International Fleet Sales has experience distributing Saabs since 2005 when we exported the Saab 9-7X to <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and the <span class="xn-location">Middle East</span> and now we look forward to working with SCNA to provide Saab vehicles to the Canadian marketplace," said Mike Libasci, President of IFS.  "We also look forward to receiving new product from <span class="xn-location">Sweden</span> in the fall of this year."</p>
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<p>An exciting line-up of Saab vehicles will arrive later this fall in dealer showrooms throughout <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>.  The vehicles will maintain their rich Swedish heritage and premium engineering, styling and performance capabilities.  An all-new Saab 9-3X premium cross-over has been added to the Saab line-up - the 9-3 sport sedan, 9-3 sportCombi and the 9-3 convertible as well as the all-new 9-5 sedan.  Vehicle pricing will be released in the coming months.  Once the Saab dealer infrastructure is finalized, warranty work will be fulfilled through this network.</p>
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<p>For further information on Saab in <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, please refer to saab.ca or to locate a GM dealer authorized to service your current Saab vehicle, please visit <a href="http://www.owners.gm.ca">www.owners.gm.ca</a> until the Saab dealer network is finalized this fall.</p>
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    About Saab
    
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<p>Saab entered the auto business in 1949 with the first model 92.  Its aerodynamic shape and advanced technology drew from the company's roots as an aircraft maker, and helped create what was to become a loyal and passionate customer base.  Spyker Cars NV purchased Saab Automobile AB from General Motors on <span class="xn-chron">February 23, 2010</span>.</p>
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For further information: For further information: Michele Tinson, Director Communications, Saab Cars North America, +1-248-408-2231 (cell), michele.tinson@saab.com; or James Steinhagen, Director - OEM Initiatives, International Fleet Sales, +1-248-595-8141 (office), +1-510-333-5661 (cell), james.steinhagen@internationalfleetsales.com

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