Saab to Continue to Offer OnStar Hardware and Service to Customers

Apr 16, 2010, 13:22 ET from Saab

DETROIT,  April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Saab Cars North America has reached an agreement with OnStar to continue to offer OnStar subscription service to Saab customers under the automaker's new owner, Spyker Cars NV.  The agreement begins with model year 2010 vehicles and applies to Saab vehicles sold in the United States.

As a standard feature on the Saab 9-3 Aero and the all-new Saab 9-5 models, OnStar continues its tradition of "always being there" with highly trained and knowledgeable OnStar advisors to assist Saab customers when they need it most. The OnStar service is complimentary for one year for Saab customers.

"OnStar is a critical technology that our customers demand and expect," said Mike Colleran, President and Chief Operating Officer Saab Cars North America. "With this agreement, we look forward to continuing to deliver exceptional service and support for Saab customers."

OnStar offers a number of industry-first safety and security services like Automatic Crash Response and monthly OnStar Vehicle Diagnostic e-mails. Additionally, OnStar's Turn-by-Turn Navigation is the only embedded vehicle navigation system that pairs audible directions through vehicle speakers with the support of a live OnStar advisor. OnStar Hands-Free Calling can also make it easy to stay in touch while on the road by allowing drivers to use simple voice commands to connect with others while keeping their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and minds on the drive.

"I am very pleased that we're going to be able to continue to provide the safety, security and peace of mind of OnStar to Saab customers," said Chris Preuss, OnStar president.

An exciting line-up of Saab model year 2010 vehicles have arrived in dealer showrooms across the United States.  The manufacturer's suggested retail price for every 2010 model year 9-3 variant has been reduced anywhere from 4 to 12 percent compared to model year 2009.  The 9-5 model will arrive mid-Summer.  Pricing on the popular sedan will be released in the near term.  

Additionally, Saab recently announced a return to leasing with GMAC Financial Services as the preferred provider of wholesale and retail financial services for qualified Saab dealers and customers.  The leasing option was effective April 1, 2010 in the United States.  

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About OnStar

OnStar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors, is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and communication services.  OnStar provides services to nearly 5.5 million subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. Shanghai OnStar Telematics Co. Ltd., a joint venture between OnStar, LLC, Shanghai Automotive Industry Sales Co., Ltd. and Shanghai General Motors, provides services in China.

About Saab

Saab entered the auto business in 1949 with the first model 92.  Its aerodynamic shape and advanced technology drew from the company's roots as an aircraft maker, and helped create what was to become a loyal and passionate customer base.  Spyker Cars NV purchased Saab Automobile AB from General Motors on February 23, 2010.