Prompted by some comments in the Turbo X value posting from a yesterday, I thought I’d take a look at Saab prices in the US and compare them to a few other markets around the world.
In the US, you can buy your 9-3 with two engine variations – a 2.0T or a 2.8 litre V6, which is of course the Aero model. So my task was to look up the 2.0T ‘equivalent’, as well as the Aero equivalent, get the price in local currency and then convert it to US dollars.
Here’s the spreadsheet. My comparison countries for the exercise were US, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Australia and (just for Danni) South Africa.
Please ignore the cellmarker, which I should have moved before the screenshot. Click to enlarge.
As you can see, there’s a fairly big discrepancy. The US market is incredibly competitive as it is and then you’ve got the additional incentives that are pretty much expected nowadays.
Note that the Australian equivalent of the 2.0T, the 9-3 Vector, costs more here in Oz (in US dollars) than what the Turbo X will most likely cost in the US. I’m assuming it’ll come in at around US$40,000 or thereabouts.
The question’s got to be asked – how could they possibly make money on these in the US? If there’s an auto industry accountant reading this, can you please chime in via comments or email me privately. I just can’t see how they’d be making a buck on these, especially with the incentive discounting they have to use now.
For those of you who like pictures instead of numbers, I made up some graphs as well….
What you see here is the country along the bottom, and the price in US dollars up the left axis. This would have been better in a bar graph, but anyways….
This first one is for the Sport Sedan:
This next one is for the SportCombi:
And finally, the Irresistivertible: