October sales figures for the US market are in and as predicted, they were baaaaaaaaad.
For GM, they were 23% down on October 2004. Ouch!!
Saab suffered from a double whammy during October, with low stock levels after the big sales months in July/August adding to the post-Employee-Discount-Scheme hangover.
Saab sold just 1,340 vehicles in October 2005, down from 3,371 in the same month last year. Saab sold 1,983 vehicles in September, so October also represents a month to month fall of 643 vehicles. Overall, sales for 2005 are still up 3.7%.
9-2x: 15 vehicles sold vs 334 in October 2004
9-3: 1,051 vehicles sold vs 2,356 in October 2004
9-5: 202 vehicles sold vs 681 in October 2004
9-7x: 72 vehicles sold vs 0 in October 2004
Wow. Only 15 9-2x’s sold in October. You wouldn’t even need to take both socks off to count them!!
Like I said, these numbers are reflective of the fact that dealer stocks are waaaaaay down, still, after the Employee Discount Scheme effectively cleared the sales yards of certain models, especially the 9-2x. Here’s hoping that supplies build up again and soon so that Saab can indeed post it’s year-end results in the black (see story below).
ADDENDUM: Just in from reader, Alan H:
Last Saturday I was at the local dealer (who is paired with Audi at the moment) to pick up a headlight relay for the ’97 900 and I noticed they had no Saabs in the showroom at all (only Audis) and only a couple of 9-3s out front. I thought it was very odd but, duh!, it’s the low inventory problem! If they don’t get some inventory soon it’s gonna be a ghost town there after Audi moves to their new store at the end of the month.
You can’t sell what you don’t have…