Sales were down in Sweden for October. The top 11 cars by volume for 2006 were all down in October, so Saab wasn’t alone.
The Saab 9-5 (ranked 2 in Swedish sales) was down a fairly prominent 32.93%, selling 1,228 units in October 2006 compared with 1,831 for same month in 2005. There are problems in Sweden at the moment as the price of E85 has risen to make it comparable to running the car on gasoline. Jan-Ake Jonsson expressed these concerns in an interview last month. Obviously it’s having some impact as the Biopower version has been the 9-5’s big drawcard.
The Saab 9-3 (ranked 4 in Swedish sales) was also down, but only by 6.36%. Saab sold 1,030 units in October 2006 against 1,100 for the same month in 2005. The 9-3 actually outsold the 3rd ranked vehicle, the Volvo V50, during October, however rankings are based on annual aggregate sales.
A down month, but in line with the market. Here’s hoping things pick up in November and December so that Saab can hit that record they’re after.
The 9-5 is still up 25.84% for the year so far.
The 9-3 is up 32.59%.