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Saab Expands Japanese Sales Network Through Fuji Heavy Industries
 

Tokyo - General Motors Japan Limited (GM Japan) announced that it is establishing three new Saab dealerships in cooperation with Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI). This represents the implementation of an agreement between GM and FHI, announced in April, to collaborate on the distribution of Saab vehicles in Japan.

Both "Saab Machida" in Machida City, Tokyo and "Saabu Tezukayama" in Osaka City, Osaka are scheduled to open on June 14. "Saab Kohnan" in Yokohama City, Kanagawa is scheduled to open in late June. Combined with 91 Yanase dealers and three independent Saab dealers, Saab's nationwide sales network will grow to 97 outlets.

"FHI is a key alliance partner of GM's," said Raymond G. Grigg, President of General Motors Asia Pacific (Japan) Limited. "We will continue to seek further opportunities to work together in the full range of our business activities."

 

"This is a remarkable achievement for both the Subaru and Saab brands," said Kyoji Takenaka, President of FHI. "It will increase sales of Saab vehicles in Japan. At the same time, it will contribute to the improvement in quality of Subaru dealers."

GM and FHI, which have been alliance partners since April 2000, have numerous joint projects under way in product development, sales and purchasing. The Subaru Traviq compact minivan is manufactured by GM in Thailand, while the Chevrolet Forester is exported to India from FHI's facility in Japan. In addition, Subaru vehicles are sold in Indonesia and the Philippines through the GM AutoWorld network. In April 2003, GM and FHI announced that they would collaborate on the development of a new Saab product for the North American market called the Saab 9-2.

(June 11, 2003)


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