Saab Cars USA announced sales of 3,131 cars for November 2000, a 25% increase over November 1999 (2,500 cars).

Year-to-date sales of 35,726 units are down 2% from the same period in 1999 (36,621).

9-5 Wagon sales should meet the forecast of approximately 5,700 units with year-to-date units currently 5,353 and November wagon sales up 20% over last year. The other strong performer this month was the Saab 9-5 Sedan: sales of 1,364 units are up 58% over 1999.

9-5 models took 60% of the total Saab sales for the months -- 1,890 9-5s versus 1,241 9-3s. This is the third consecutive month that 9-5 numbers have outpaced those of the older 9-3.

For the 2001 model year, Saab is introducing some new features to its existing line of vehicles, becoming the first European brand to introduce, voice-activated on-board communication services standard in all US models.

This system -- the latest generation OnStar --uses wireless technology and voice recognition and text-to-speech technology to provide hands-free security, information and concierge services.