Siemens Canada unveils Combino Plus(R) streetcar model to Toronto



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

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /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 streetcar model to Toronto. Premiering at
the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) on opening day August 17th, the world
class, environmentally friendly streetcar 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 light rail vehicle (LRV) of
choice for Canada's largest city.

    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 streetcar routes and has already surpassed expectations in cities around
the world including Lisbon, Portugal and Budapest, Hungary. The model boasts
numerous passenger-friendly features including an optimized seating layout
allowing greater passenger capacity and space than existing streetcars,
resulting in improved rider comfort. Design specifications including vehicle
length, width, different line voltages and configuration with multiple
vehicles, assures optimum efficiency with demand-oriented design. Improved
safety features include 100 per cent low floor with no steps, two wide double
doors, impact buffers and hand rails, grab bars and stanchions for standing
passengers - all ensuring safe, easy and quick access.

    Meet the streetcar of tomorrow

    As part of the "TTC Streetcars of Tomorrow" exhibit at the CNE running
until September 3rd, visitors will be able to tour the Combino Plus and
experience the vehicle's many benefits first-hand and through interactive
informational displays, which demonstrate 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 community 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
citizens of Toronto as the next generation of transportation."

    Protecting the environment for future generations

    In addition, the Combino Plus boasts 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 streetcars 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 -- arriving 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 performance.
    "The result is the Combino Plus -- safe, reliable and attractive, and
truly our next generation's mass transit vehicle -- a perfect fit for
Toronto," 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.

    Media:

    NB: The Combino Plus may be previewed Tuesday, August 14th at Media Day
at the CNE.

    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.





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For further information: To RSVP for a preview or for additional
information, visuals or an interview, please contact Susan Willemsen, Rebecca
Kennedy, or Tiffany Shiu at The Siren Group Inc., Tel.: (416) 926-8087, Fax:
(416) 926-9712, E-mail: info@thesirengroup.com

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