You’ve probably already seen the US sales data for June, but it’s taken me this long to find the UK sales data (Grrrr).
Saab sold 2740 vehicles in the UK in June, a 15% rise over the previous month and a whopping 66% over June 2004. Saab’s UK sales for the first 6 months of 2005 (13,969) are now 42% above the equivalent period in 2004, maintaining Saab’s place as the UK’s fastest growing premium brand. From GM Media:
Sales of key Saab models, such as the frugal 9-3 1.9 TiD and performance 9-5 Aero derivatives, now comfortably outstrip supply, resulting in a waiting list; something almost unheard of in the current tough British new car market conditions. Until the final days of counting, Saab’s daily registrations during June exceeded those of many established, traditionally bigger-selling premium brands…….
…….Saab Great Britain’s Managing Director Jonathan Nash says: ‘2005 continues to be a truly monumental year for Saab in the UK, and the eagerly anticipated arrival of the important new 9-3 SportWagon and 2.8 V6 9-3 Aero models in September will ensure that our turbocharged sales pace is set to continue.”
In less encouraging news, Saab sales in Sweden fell at breakneck speed during the first half of 2005, attributed by many to people holding off for the new 9-3 SportCombi.
The number of Saab cars sold in Sweden during the first half of 2005 halved in comparison to the last six months of 2004.
But Saab Automobiles, a subsidiary of General Motors, said that it expected sales to rise in the second half of the year.
Örjan Åslund, information director at Saab Sweden, admitted that the company’s sales were down somewhat in the first six months, “but we believe that this will be compensated for during the autumn.”
Åslund said that the fall could be explained by the fact that Saab is launching new models in the autumn, adding that Saab had expected such a fall for some time.
But Swedish Radio reported that the size of the fall had been a surprise. Sales in June were down 52 percent on June 2004. Sales for the first half of the 2005 were down 30 percent on the same period last year. Saab’s market share in Sweden fell from nine to six percent.