Posts will be light today, thanks to Ryan in Washington DC, who has a mammoth Saab video collection. Woohah!!
Anyway, April sales figures for the US were released today and once again it’s the continuation of the downward trend – sort of.
According to BusinessWeek, GM’s sales in the US were down 8 percent for the month, largely due to the declining popularity of SUV’s starting to bite (maybe they’re all holding off for the 9-7x!!). Truck sales were down 17% for the month, but sales of passenger vehicles actually rose by 8%.
Year-to-date shows both sectors down by a combined 5%
Results were down for many carmakers. The ones to whom the benefits flowed were the Asian carmakers, with Kia, Suzuki, Subaru, Hyundai, Nissan, Honda and Toyota all recording rises for the month. Some of the rises, such as Nissan’s 27%, were significant.
Saab recorded small declines in sales for all models – percentage figures are really somewhat pointless when you’re dealing with such small numbers.
Jay, Bob – get busy please!
The Diesel post from yesterday sparked some pretty interesting dicussion. I’ve received a few insightful comments here at Trollhattan, but there’s been plenty of comments both at The Saab Network and Saab Central as well. Go check them out and add your $0.02.
I’m going to spend a little while collating all this discussion and then I think it’ll be time for another Letter to GM.