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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!