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Saab Continues Sales Records



6/03

Saab Cars USA continues setting sales records with best May ever

Sales increased 17.5% over last year to 4,702 vehicles - making it the best May in the company's history

Norcross, GA - Driven by strong sales of the Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan, Saab Cars USA set another sales record, reporting its best May ever with sales of 4,702 vehicles. That number marks a 17.5 percent increase over May 2002, and brings year-to-date sales to 20,554, up 24 percent over last year.

"The momentum continues to roll for us in 2003," said Ed Peper, VP of Sales for Saab Cars USA. "We're seeing increases in all areas of our business - Certified Pre-Owned, Parts and Accessories, as well as retail sales."

Saab's first foray into the compact sport sedan segment, the all-new 2003 9-3 Sport Sedan, is leading the sales push for the Swedish manufacturer. In May, Saab Cars USA sold 2,288 Sport Sedans, a 105 percent increase over 2002 9-3 hardtops last May. Year-to-date, the 9-3 Sport Sedan has outpaced its predecessor by 64 percent, with a volume of 11,255 vehicles versus 6,844. This five-month period includes only two sales months where the full range of Sport Sedans was available. The 210-hp variants went on sale in early April to complement the 175-hp Linear model.

Saab Certified Pre-Owned hit a high water mark in May as well. The program had its best sales month ever, with 913 vehicles - a 125 percent increase over 2002. The banner month brought year-to-date sales to 3,212, a 153 percent increase over last year's 1,268.

Parts and Accessories sales were up 11 percent for the month and 10.5 percent year-to-date.

"The success that we are experiencing this year is a direct result of the collective efforts of the entire Saab team," said Debra Kelly-Ennis, President and COO of Saab Cars USA. "From the retail network to the support staff to the marketing team who created our new advertising campaign " everyone's focus is on increasing sales."


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