Multi-Purpose Utility Vehicle offers automotive styling.

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Summit(TM) Utility Vehicle incorporates automotive style roof; safety glass windshield; head, tail, and stop lights; and suspension. It also features tubular steel front bumper, rear steel bumper; adjustable, fabric-covered individual seats with folding armrests; and steel rear deck. Designed for on- and off-road use, vehicle is available as Neighborhood Electric Vehicle model that is street-legal on roads with posted speed limits up to 35 mph.

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Columbia® Drives Automotive-Style Small Vehicle Market

Columbia Introduces Automotive Style Utility Vehicle

Reedsburg, WI - January 27, 2004 - Columbia is pleased to announce their all new Summit(TM) Utility Vehicle. Designed to be a part of their exciting Summit product line, the Summit Utility Vehicle features an automotive style roof, safety glass windshield, head, tail and stop lights, tubular steel front bumper, rear steel bumper, adjustable automotive-style fabric covered individual seats with folding armrests, automotive suspension, digital battery discharge indicator, horn and black painted steel diamond plate rear deck.

Scott Breckley, Columbia's Vice President of Sales and Marketing noted, "Our SUV is a compliment to our expanding Neighborhood Electric Vehicle line. This model is directed towards military installations, colleges, universities and other large government and non-government facilities and campuses where both on-road and off-road use is required. A good majority of these customers are looking for a utility area, or box, on the back of the vehicle for transporting cargo or equipment, in addition to a driver and passenger." This need prompted Columbia to release this latest version of its popular Summit vehicle.

Perfect for multi-purpose use in on-road and non-road applications, the SUV is available as a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) model. The SUV-NEV package makes the Summit street legal on roads with posted speed limits up to 35 mph in many states. The NEV package includes driver and passenger side-view mirrors, high-low speed switch, turn signals, emergency flashers, license plate light, license plate mount, retractable seat belts (2 sets), reflectors, and back-up lamps.*

After release of the Summit Utility Vehicle, Jim Henderson, West Coast Regional Sales Manager for Columbia reported, "The SUV is being well received everywhere. We have already taken numerous orders for spring delivery. Customers love the ride, the steering, and the overall feel of the vehicle. The optional, upgraded bucket seats are a huge success." Jim added, "There has been significant interest from users who perform meter reading, as well as parking and security patrols."

For pricing information or the location of your nearest Columbia dealer, contact Columbia ParCar Corp. at (800) 222-4653 or Further information on Columbia vehicles may be found at Columbia ParCar Corp. is a Wisconsin based manufacturer of gasoline and electric powered golf cars, utility, industrial, commercial and passenger transportation vehicles. Columbia distributes their vehicles through an international network of independent dealers. Columbia ParCar Corp. is a member of the Nordic Group of Companies, a family-owned management and manufacturing business headquartered in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Manufacturing operations of the Nordic Group extends throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe and includes Flambeau, Inc. and Seats Incorporated.

* Columbia SUV-NEV's meet NHTSA CFR Title 49-571.500, Low Speed Vehicle regulations. If you intend to operate a Summit NEV on public roads, check your state and local authorities to assure acceptance of Low Speed Vehicles in your community.

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