Thanks to all of you that emailed me while I was sleeping….
As hoped and expected, Saab have indeed set a new company sales record in 2006, selling 133,137 units for the year.
The previous record sales number was 132,300 back in 2000.
Jan-Ake Jonsson said that they were hoping for something a bit higher, but will need new models to take the next step. As reported in The Local:
Saab Automobile achieved its best ever sales result in 2006. The year was tougher for Volvo, which sold fewer cars than in 2005.
Jan Åke Jonsson, CEO of Saab Automobile, had hoped to sell as many as 140,000 cars over the course of the year but eventually had to settle for 133,137.
“We had a 5.4 percent increase, selling 6,700 more cars than in 2005. So it is still the best result in Saab’s history,” Jonsson told news agency TT.
He is playing down expectations for 2007 and, due to uncertainty about developments on the Swedish, UK and US markets, is predicting a similar result to last year’s.
“We have two thirds of our volume there,” said Jonssson.
Having sold almost 11,000 9-5 Biopower cars in Sweden last year, Jonsson is expecting demand for environmentally friendly vehicles to remain high in 2007.
“We are currently working on a new engine for the 9-2, and of course we are also working on an engine for the 9-3,” he said.
Saab needs to continue increasing its range of models if it is to achieve greater volumes.
“We are working on the renewal and expansion of our programme. There will be plenty of surprises during the year,” said Jonsson.
“Plenty of surprises during the year.”
I like that!
Could this car under the covers at the factory be one of them?
And is that 9-2 reference a typo error by The Local or an accurate quote?
Questions will be asked…..
Congratulations to Saab for a great year.
You gave us the Aero-X, the BioPower Hybrid concept and an improved range of vehicles to drive, ogle, and purchase. That they moved in record numbers based on widespread geographical acceptance rather than having to rely on an improvement in one major market is an encouraging sign.