Siemens Canada unveils Combino Plus(R) light rail vehicle model to Montreal Region

    World class enviro-friendly light rail vehicle boasts comfort-of-use
    design and accessibility

    MONTREAL, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Siemens Canada Limited - Transportation
Systems - a world leader in light rail transit technology - is proud to
announce the introduction of the new Combino Plus model. On display at Olympic
Stadium today, the world class, environmentally friendly light rail vehicle
(LRV) offers a wealth of features designed to provide passengers with a safe
and comfortable ride and a cost and energy-efficient operation, making it the
ideal LRV of choice for Canadian cities.

    Cutting edge design for ultimate passenger comfort

    Through Siemens' global leadership and commitment to continual research
and development, the new, double articulated Combino Plus, sets a new standard
for LRVs and has already surpassed expectations in cities around the world
including Lisbon, Portugal, Budapest, Hungary and soon Tel Aviv, Israel. The
model boasts numerous passenger-friendly features including an optimized
seating layout allowing greater passenger capacity and space than existing
LRVs, resulting in improved rider comfort. Design specifications including
vehicle length, width, different line voltages and configuration with multiple
vehicles, assure optimum efficiency with demand-oriented design. Improved
safety features include 100 per cent low floor with no steps, two wide double
doors per compartment, impact buffers and hand rails, grab bars and stanchions
for standing passengers - all ensuring safe, easy and quick access. Also, the
enclosed cab provides a safe work environment for operators.

    Meeting the vehicle of tomorrow

    Recently as part of the "TTC Streetcars of Tomorrow" exhibit at the CNE
in Toronto, visitors were able to tour the Combino Plus and experience the
vehicle's many benefits first-hand. Today, officials from the Montreal region
will have an opportunity to experience the key features of the Combino Plus, -
environmentally friendly, safe and comfortable - and the vehicle's clear
superiority within the LRT category.
    "We want the leaders of this region to experience the uniqueness of the
Combino Plus for themselves," says Mario Péloquin, director, business
development, Siemens Canada Limited - Transportation Systems. "With its
internationally proven record of success, combined with its consumer-friendly
design and most advanced features of its kind, we believe it is a natural
choice for the future projects in Montreal and region."

    Protecting the environment for future generations

    In addition, the Combino Plus offers environmentally friendly features
including its advanced regenerative braking technology. This enables the
streetcar to return power to the overhead line as it brakes, lowering energy
consumption as compared with other vehicles with conventional braking systems,
thereby protecting the environment for the future.

    The added plus: Siemens' tradition and experience

    Siemens has been designing and building Light Rail Vehicles for more than
125 years. With its wealth of knowledge and experience, Siemens has
considerably advanced and refined the technology throughout the years - from
the standard-setting launch of the first Combino in 1996, to the current,
trend-setting Combino Plus being introduced now in Canada. Today, the Combino
Plus combines all of the benefits in an optimized design principle based on
welded steel body construction, tested and certified for quality and
    "The result is the Combino Plus - safe, reliable and attractive, and
truly our next generation's mass transit vehicle," concludes Péloquin.

    About Siemens in Canada
    Siemens is one of the largest and most diversified companies in the
world, providing innovations in areas such as automation and control, power,
transportation, medical, information and communications, and lighting. Sales
for fiscal 2006 were Euros 2.3 billion. In Canada, Siemens is headquartered in
Mississauga, Ontario, with more than 7,500 employees located in 76 offices and
seven major manufacturing facilities.

    Combino Plus is an internationally registered trademark of Siemens AG.

    NB: The Combino Plus can be previewed at 3:00pm Monday, September 24th at
Olympic Stadium, Parking level B1. To RSVP for preview or for additional
information, visuals or an interview, please contact DL Leslie, Siemens Canada
Tel.: (905) 819-5926, E-mail:

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on the
beliefs of the management of Siemens Canada Limited and its affiliates. The
words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend,"
"plan," "should," and "project," are used to identify forward-looking
statements. Such statements reflect the management's current views with
respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many
factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, among
others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in
currency exchange rate and interest rates, introduction of competing products,
lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business
strategy. Actual results many vary materially from those projected here.
Siemens Canada Limited and its affiliates do not intend or assume any
obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

For further information:

For further information: To RSVP for preview or for additional
information, visuals or an interview, please contact DL Leslie, Siemens
Canada, Tel.: (905) 819-5926, E-mail:

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