Cheap Saabs coming in the US

Via Autoblog, via Yahoo, news that GM is about to announce that employee discounts will be made available to all customers starting June 1 (that’s yesterday, in Aussie time) on most 2005 model GM cars and trucks. There’ll be some effect on rebates already offered, no doubt.

If you’re in the market for a new Saab, June might be the month.

Plenty’s been written about GM’s stock dump owing to reduced sales numbers and huge inventories. This is obviously a measure to target the inventory problem.

June sales will be watched with some interest. I wonder if this means a 9-2x will be even CHEAPER now?

The full press release from GM follows:

DETROIT – For the first time in its history, GM is offering its employee discount to everyone who takes delivery of a new 2005 GM car or truck from June 1 through July 5, 2005.

“Our employees are extremely proud of the company they work for and the products they build,” said Brent Dewar, GM North America vice president of Marketing and Advertising. “In recent months there has been plenty of news about GM, but not enough said about our industry leading product line-up. We want to bring the focus back to what drives our business – great cars and trucks. This program gives everybody a chance to drive the vehicles that we drive and pay the price that we pay.

“It also is a great opportunity for America to experience high quality vehicles such as the Chevrolet Malibu, GMC Sierra HD and Chevrolet Suburban, which were the highest ranked Entry Midsize, Heavy Duty Full-Size Pickup and Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle in Initial Quality in the recent J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Initial Quality Study or one of our 19 models that achieve at least 30 miles per gallon fuel economy on the highway,” Dewar added.

The ‘GM Employee Discount for Everyone’ provides consumers with a great price right up front. Prices are prominently displayed on eligible vehicles at participating GM dealerships and take into account available rebates, but exclude taxes, title and dealer fees. Consumers also can confirm the price of a specific vehicle by entering the vehicle’s VIN number on www.gmbuypower.com.

“We firmly believe that once consumers have the opportunity to drive a GM vehicle, they’ll know what we, and millions of loyal GM customers, already know about the value represented by the cars and trucks that we build,” Dewar said. “The ‘GM Employee Discount for Everyone’ provides very simple, very compelling prices for consumers and clarity regarding the final purchase price. We believe it will cut through the clutter of all the other offers currently in the market. This is what we mean when we say we want to offer a transparent total value proposition to our consumers.”

The ‘GM Discount for Everyone’ program includes all 2005 GM cars and trucks, except for Chevrolet Corvette and GMC medium duty trucks and is compatible with most other incentives currently available.

The program will be supported by significant broadcast, print and online media featuring GM employees. Advertising will begin on June 3.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader since 1931. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 321,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2004, GM sold nearly 9 million cars and trucks globally, up 4 percent and the second-highest total in the company’s history. GM’s global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

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5 Comments

  1. wow, that’s unbelievable. i’m trying to hold out for a 9-3x (or *gasp* 9-x). this may tempt me to jump in early. a new 9-3 ss might make the wait (for what i’m really looking for) a little easier.

    in any event, i’ve always been over-curious as to what the employees pay for their cars.

    gm’s really shaking things up.

  2. “You pay what we pay”??? Load of crap double-talk if you ask me. This page:

    http://www.gmfamilyfirst.com/pdf/saab_bonus_cash.pdf

    posted at GM says employees can get an Aero for $17,425 ($18,425 if you omit the Hot Button discount). I went to the gmbuypower link in the article, and it says, with the employee discount, it’s $25,425. I really hope GM goes out of business. Then maybe SAAB can be resurrected as a straight-talking company.

  3. In the “employee discount” ads I’ve seen here in the US, none feature the SAAB lines. I wish that miserable company had never acquired the marque.

  4. Many wish the same Molly, but if they hadn’t I’d be writing another blog right now. It’s the unfortunate price paid for continued existence, however watered down it is.

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