Time for some reader input please…..
In my Weekend Snippets post, I had a bit of a whine about the sales figures from the US and mentioned the common theory that the current low sales figures are primarily due to low inventory levels in dealerships around the USA. I’ve heard various mumblings to this effect from Saab USA, Saab dealers and customers that have been around sales yards in recent times. The common reason for the low inventory is the Employee Pricing Discount Scheme that operated during the US summer, clearing 13,083 vehicles during June and July 2005.
In comments for the abovementioned post, Bill counters this theory with the unexpected news that according to industry data, Saab actually has 451 days-inventory floating around the United States. I don’t dispute it as Bill’s an enthusiast, but unfortunately I don’t have access to this data, which is at Automotive News, as it’s a subscription site that I don’t subscribe to (may have to change that).
If you’re a dealer reading this, please give me the lowdown on you location and your stock. The level of local interest would nice to know too, especially in light of the current ad campaign. Please don’t inflate anything. Remain anonymous if you want to, though an idea of your location would help.
If you’re a Saabisti reading this, have you stopped in at your local dealership lately and if so, what were the stock levels like there? Did you chat with the sales guy and get a feel for how things have been?
Your comments would be welcome. If you haven’t commented before, now’s the time.