What could have been (part II)

What could have been (part I) was actually called The 9-3x – What could have been, and it was published on October 11.  Click on that link to have a read.

This entry, Part II, was inspired by an Autoblog entry that was published today:

…..sales of crossover vehicles, of which there are 41 models on the market today, have increased from 541,000 in 2000 (when there were 14 crossover models) to 2.24 million this year. SUVs, on the other hand, have tanked from 2.978 million in 2000 to a projected 2.450 million for all of 2005.

SUVs are still in the lead, but analysts say that the lead will be short-lived.

That’s a helluva big pie that Saab ain’t getting a piece of.  Not even a crumb.  And to think that in a perfect world the 9-3x would have been out there and selling in numbers by now……

Oh well, the 9-4x is only what, three years away?  Only two really, as it’s December now.  There should only be about 60-70 different vehicles in the segment by then.

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  1. The way the Swedish tax code treats research and development expenses is not helpful. It appears that companies like Saab (at least in the their independent days) are somewhat restricted in their ability to defer tax deductions for R&D expenses.

    The result is that a firm like Saab that is currently losing money, has a financial dis-incentive to spend more on R&D – which of course, is what they need to do to turn the company around. Or, they can just sell themselves to a big foreign firm and hope they get a bigger R&D budget that way.

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