I’ve slept and sure enough, the US figures are in, with a mixed bag of results.
Saab recorded a modest increase of 2.47% in total units sold during March. There were 3,239 units moved in total compared with 3,161 units moved in March 2005. GM’s total sales were down 14% compared to a year ago and the industry-wide prediction was around 12-13%, so any gain, however modest, is not a bad result.
The mixed news is in the individual model sales. It seems that the 9-7x is once again the reason why Saab’s sales numbers are up. Both the 9-3 and 9-5 were basically steady (well, very slight falls actually) so the addition of 9-7x sales that weren’t around a year ago have given total sales a lift.
Individual models below:
9-2x – 91 untis sold (430 in 2005)
9-3 – 2,255 units sold (2,258 in 2005)
9-5 – 411 units sold (473 in 2005)
9-7x – 482 units sold (zero in 2005)
Against the backdrop of some falls in the industry over all, this is pretty good news. So well done Saab USA.