Detroit Free Press writer Mark Phelan doesn’t mind Saabs at all. He’s written a few positive articles this year already. A few weeks ago he wrote an article that I missed decrying the poor recent sales of the 9-2x. Some of you may remember that there were only 15 sold in October.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see this article, but it seems that Mark wrote it up as a big vote of disapproval for the model, rather than seeing it for what it was.
This prompted a reply from Jan-Willem Vester, communications guy for Saab USA:
We’d like to comment that the low sales numbers in recent months were mostly a result of limited product availability — not customer demand.
Earlier this year, we saw a significant increase in the popularity of the Saab 9-2X, with several months of consistently more than 1,000 sales per month. This almost completely depleted our stock of model year 2005 cars, while production of the 2006 model 9-2X did not start until late this fall.
So far, Saab has sold a total of almost 8,000 9-2X’s in the United States and Canada, which was generally in line with expectations. On average, the 9-2X attracts a younger customer to Saab, who tends to be very satisfied with his or her purchase.
With deliveries of the 9-2X at Saab dealerships now resuming, we expect sales to come back to normal levels soon.
It’ll be interesting to see what ‘normal levels’ turn out to be for the remainder of the 9-2x’s life cycle, eh?