The US sales data for December is finally in and whilst it’d down year-to-year, as expected, it’s not as bad as I thought it might be.
Saab sold 2,766 vehicles in December, as opposed to 3,421 the previous year. That’s a 19.1% drop and hardly worth popping the champagne corks in itself.
The December figure also represents a 32% rise over November sales. The total number of vehicles sold in 2005 is a marginally respectable 38,343 – a token 0.5% rise over 2004. Given that Saab’s core range, the 9-3 was nothing but another year older for most of 2005 (SportCombi sales really won’t kick in and make a difference until 2006), this modest rise for the year is good news.
The silver lining in the December sales data seems to be the numbers for the 9-7x, which had its biggest month of US sales, moving 466 units. The previous monthly high was 248 in November. Here’s hoping that sort of momentum continues through the start of 2006.
The big black cloud you can see in these numbers rests over the 9-2x. It’s confirming its status as a bit of an industry joke now and a car that I’m starting to feel should be taken out of the range, very quietly, and beaten with a big stick until it is dead.
Saab sales, December 2005:
9-2x – 54
9-3 – 1,952
9-5 – 294
9-7x – 466
In other sales news, Saab set a new sales record in “Oh Canada” in 2005, driving it’s sales up 17.9% over 2004.
UK sales numbers haven’t been released yet as far as I can tell.