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Saab Tops 4-Door Mid-Size Car Category in HLDI Study

16 November 1999

Saab Tops 4-Door Mid-Size Car Category in HLDI Study
                   Saab 900 Has Best Score in its Class For
                Relative Frequency of Injury Insurance Claims

    NORCROSS, Ga., Nov. 16 -- Saab's real-life safety philosophy
puts priority on systems and structures designed to protect Saab occupants
during a real-world collision.  Although Saab conducts over 40 laboratory
crash tests -- including simulated animal collisions and truck-to-car side
impacts -- it is real-life collisions and their infinite variables that drive
Saab safety engineers and their work.  That is why Saab is gratified by the
latest reports from the U.S. Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).
    According to the recently published HLDI report, the Saab 900 had the best
score of any car in its class as it scored lowest among all 4-door mid-size
cars for the relative frequency of injury insurance claims.  HLDI publishes
the results of its study once a year in a publication entitled Injury,
Collision and Theft Losses, and this is the fourth year in a row that the Saab
900 was found to have the lowest injury claim frequency rate in its class.
    HLDI characterizes an injury score below 70 as "substantially better than
average."  Only two vehicles out of 30 evaluated in the 4-door midsize car
category were in this range.  The Saab 900 was one of them, scoring 39 percent
better than the average 4-door mid-size car included in the report.  The Saab
900 Convertible also topped the "midsize sports cars" category with the lowest
relative injury claim frequency score of 58.
    The Saab 9-3 model, which replaced the Saab 900 in the U.S. market in May,
1998, builds on the occupant protection systems and structures of its
predecessor by adding such features as the Saab Active Head Restraint (SAHR)
system, second-generation driver and passenger front airbags, dual-stage head
and torso protecting side-impact airbags and a side impact force-deflecting
pendulum "B" pillar system.
    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 1999
HLDI data again supports that when it comes to injury insurance claim rates,
Saab and Saab drivers perform well together in the real world.
    The table below shows the loss value for all car models in the "Midsize
four-door cars" class.

       Car                         Loss value
    Saab 900                           61
    Buick Century                      62
    Volkswagen Passat                  74
    Infiniti I30                       75
    Cadillac Catera                    76
    Oldsmobile Cutlass                 76
    Volvo S70                          77
    Subaru Legacy 4wd                  79
    Lexus ES 300                       80
    Toyota Avalon                      80
    Chevrolet Malibu                   87
    Buick Skylark                      94
    Toyota Camry                       95
    Chrysler Cirrus                    95
       Average value in the class     105
    Pontiac Grand Am                  106
    Dodge Stratus                     107
    Mazda Millenia                    107
    Nissan Maxima                     109
    Honda Accord                      109
    Ford Contour                      112
    Mercury Mystique                  113
    Plymouth Breeze                   116
    Oldsmobile Achieva                117
    Chevrolet Cavalier                120
    Mitsubishi Diamante               124
    Pontiac Sunfire                   125
    Nissan Altima                     138
    Mazda 626                         139
    Mitsubishi Galant                 140
    Hyundai Sonata                    199

    The HLDI uses the following scale for classifying the injury loss

    Below 70     Substantially better than average
    70 - 79      Better than average
    80 - 120     Average
    121 - 130    Worse than average
    Above 130    Substantially worse than average