That popping sound you can hear comes from all the champagne they’re drinking in Sweden.
Sales data for May is in and it’s good. Very good.
Thanks to ctm in comments, we have the following (previous year in brackets):
May: 3705 vehicles (2494) +48.55%
Jan-May: 13.328 vehicles (10.830) + 22.23%
Market share in May: 11.42%
Market share this year: 9.78%
May: 1299 vehicles (586) +121.67%
Jan-May: 6.006 vehicles (4.197) + 43.1%
Market share in May: 5.18%
Market share this year: 3.79%
May: 1,196 vehicles (1,218) -1.8%
Jan-May: 5.581 vehicles (5.316) + 4.98%
Market share in May: 4.82%
Market share this year: 4.80%
May: 1.182 vehicles (698) +69.34%
Jan-May: 4.801 vehicles (3.237) + 48.31%
Market share in May: 4.14%
Market share this year: 2.92%
Bloody good news indeed!! As Tobias also mentions in comments, just 15 more 9-3’s sold and Saab would have sewn up the no.2 AND the no.3 positions. I’m not sure if there’s any sort of promotional activity going on there, but sales just seem to keep powering on. With lower monthly numbers expected in the US this month, this is a welcome bit of great news.
ctm also adds that a full 70% of the 9-5 sales in Sweden were Biopower cars. They’re certainly taking it up with gusto there. I’d certainly welcome a review of a Biopower car. It’s the one thing I haven’t seen yet and it’d be great to get a first-hand assessment of the increased performance.
Well done, Saab Sweden.