San Francisco-Area Saab Dealers Offer Cars With Highest Ratings in State Farm Vehicle Safety Discount Program
2001 Saab vehicles eligible for insurance discount in State Farm's recently announced Vehicle Safety Discount program
SAN FRANCISCO-The latest 2001 Saab models that recently arrived at San Francisco-area Saab dealers are now eligible for automobile insurance discounts by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, the largest automobile insurer in the United States. The discounts are the result of a new and innovative Vehicle Safety Discount program that is based on actual claim payment data for driver and passenger injuries. The program replaces State Farm's passive restraint discount. Three Saab model variants are eligible for a 40 percent discount on State Farm's medical payment/personal injury protection portion of the automobile insurance coverage. Additionally, three Saab model variants are eligible for lower-than-standard collision and comprehensive premiums.
"Saab applauds State Farm for offering a system that rewards real-life safety," said Roger Malkusson, head of the Collision Safety Development Department at Saab Automobile in Trollhattan, Sweden. "Individual crash tests cannot tell the whole story about the overall collision safety of a car. Saab's real-life safety philosophy puts priority on both driver behavior and the vehicle's systems which are designed to protect Saab occupants during a real-world collision, rather than score well on tests."
A vehicle's safety performance is the product of many factors, including driver and occupant behavior, personal judgment and other variables. The design of the car also influences its real-life safety integrity. The new State Farm program shows that Saab and Saab drivers perform well together in the real world.
In the Program, the Saab 9-3 5-door, 9-3 Convertible, and 9-5 Sedan all are rated "A" by State Farm, making them eligible in most states for the highest Vehicle Safety Discount on the medical paymenVpersonal injury protection portion of automobile insurance coverage. The 9-3 Convertible, 9-5 Sedan and 9-5 Wagon were also rated "A" in the Program's Physical Damage Index, providing the Program's highest level of possible discounts for the collision and comprehensive portion of automobile insurance coverage.
All Saab vehicles for 2001 also feature the OnStar system as standard equipment, which makes them eligible for additional insurance discounts with many automobile insurance companies due to the system's theft recovery system. The amount of the discount varies by state and insurance company. Saab is the only European brand to offer such advanced, voice-activated on-board communication services standard in all of its U.S. models.
For more information on the State Farm Program see www.statefarm.com. For information about Saab, see www.saabusa.com.