Wednesday Snippets

It’s August 1st, which means that sales data is just around the corner.

I’m expecting decent numbers from the US due to huge deals being available on the 2007 and Anniversary models, falling numbers in Sweden due to MY08s being ordered but not yet delivered, lower numbers in the UK as July and August are traditionally crappy months there, and the same again for Australia, where the June 30 financial year effect will surely have it’s annual impact.

We’ll wait and see.

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GM have used the month-end time period to announce their 2nd qaurter results and they’re in the black to the tune of almost $900 million. Stay tuned to see how Farago from the Truth About Cars spins that into bankruptcy before bedtime.

Of course, the lion’s share of this result comes from Europe, where GM’s smaller cars are proving to be a success. The domestic US market is still in a struggle.

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Maybe more smaller cars is what GM will need in the US to help turn things around? They don’t make much margin, but in these fuel-conscious times they make a bucketload of sense. US consumers will come to a point, and soon, where they’re looking at these more and more.

GM are looking at releasing at least one of the trio of small cars it showed on the motor show circuit earlier this year. They were designed in GM’s Korean studios and initially intended as a showcase of what their Asian subsidiaries could achieve. They received a pretty positive reception, however, and given the pressure that all manufacturers are under to increase the fuel economy of their range, count on these being pretty high in GM’s mind.

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Excuse me for indulging my Alfa fetish, but it’s just been announced that the US will get an allotment of 100 Alfa Romeo 8C Competiziones in 2008. This will precede the regular return of Alfa to the US market in 2009.

The following link is not safe for work. The 8C really is that beautiful. The Jalopnik gallery is here.

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The British government have launched a new website that helps people choose a car with reduced CO2 emissions.

Select your vehicle and fuel type and it’ll give you a run down of the top 10 choices. Of course, Saab figure prominently in the alternative fuel class, given that only them and Ford have an entrant there at the moment.

The top 10 over all (i.e. from any class) have CO2 emissions of 120gm per km whereas the Saab 9-3 BioPower has emissions in the range of 184gm per km. It’d be interesting to see how that would be adjusted if the CO2 absorbed during plant growth were factored into that figure.

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Site stats for July 2007.

This is a bit of a wierd month because of the changeover to the new platform. I’m not sure that the code is recording stats the same, and I know at this point that views of the archives aren’t included in these numbers.

Nevertheless, it was a quieter month.

Site Stats July 07

For that period, we’re looking at averages of 5,400 pages per day, served to an average of 3,274 unique users per day. It’s still great exposure for the Saab brand and now that the new platform is bedded in, hopefully the search rating will rise slowly and expose a few more to Saab as well.

Factors for the lower numbers:

The 2008 Saab 9-3 hype has died down a little. The Saab Festival is now over. And certain forum members are stealing my material from time to time, leading to less visits from those sources. The matter is being addressed by moderators there (a fact for which I’m quite appreciative), but it’s frustrating nonetheless when you put so much work in.

Onwards and upwards!!

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7 Comments

  1. I’m sure that the CO2 emissions are a concern for most Britons for the reason of tax credits, right? However, if one were actually concerned more about the environment than the fiscal sense buying a car with less CO2 emissions makes you can take heart that the net CO2 emissions of a SAAB sold in Britain is actually zero. That’s because every SAAB sold in Britain has a carbon offset program included (like in Australia where they include a Greenfleet subscription), right? Am I remembering wrong?

    While reducing gross CO2 emissions is obviously the best course of action, biofuel is second-best, and carbon offset programs is third-best. I have two non-BioPower SAABs that have ZERO gross CO2 emissions: I bought all my cars TerraPasses. 🙂 I wonder if the UK gov’t would consider a carbon offset subscription making one’s car “carbon neutral” and having a net output of zero CO2. 😉

  2. Swade,
    I don’t understand the part about forum members stealing material. Could you explain to the uninformed like myself how this website hosting works?

  3. You know about forums, right? Well, one participant in one motoring enthusiast’s forum has taken to posting Saab news on that site and the news is a basic cut and paste of material from here. He’s even been deep-linking photos (i.e. linking to my photos so that when they’re shown on that forum it’s using my bandwidth).

    Thankfully the moderators at the forum have been responsive and hopefully the offender is reading this and realising that the work is subject to copyright and that there’s accepted netiquette that governs this type of thing.

  4. Speaking of forums, it would be neat if this website had a little forum. I like forums, but I keep getting kicked out of them for various reasons…none of which I think were my fault, but whatever.

  5. Grip, it is all about tax. Company cars are taxed on C02 and Biopower tax is a big turn off thats why we are seeing a big emphasis form BMW on low C02 cars. Fuel costs are a big issue too. At the moment buying a Biopower is a good thing to do for the environment but not the wallet. The annual car tax goes up as well – not a big issue for wealthy 1st owners but as the car gets older and passes to owners with less money it becomes a big issue. This means that high C02 cars are worth less at trade in.

    Crazy but there you go.

  6. For Sweden it’s like this: The buyer gets SEK 10,000 back when buying a green car. The tax on owning the car is also lower. Then, if you use it as a company car you pay less every month for the benefit of using it. Also, you get free parking in many cities and (if it runs on alternativ fuel or is a hybrid) you don’t have to pay the congestion tax in the City of Stockholm.

  7. BTW, in Sweden there has been criticism about the rules for deciding what is a green car or not. A 2,000 kg Lexus GS with a V6 engine @ 295 bhp is considered environmentally friendly just because they put an electric motor in it as well, while a small light car with a 1.2 l engine and 80 bhp is not considered environmentally friendly because it happens to emit 121 g CO2/km while the limit is 120 g CO2/km. I think that the rules will change (maybe already next year) and that there will be a restriction on the number of bhp for a green car.

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