I drove past our local dealer on the weekend and saw something I thought I’d never see – a good sized section of their ample showroom housing Saabs. I was so excited by it that I had to walk up there this morning and snap off a photo.
What you can see here is about half of the main street frontage, and as you can see, there’s three Saabs in the front window there. There’s a SportCombi parked behind them.
To the right of the ‘arch’ you’ll also notice the very, very evil and un-environmental advertisement for the Grrrrreen campaign that Saab are running and behind that ad are another four Saabs. That’s eight in total, which is at least 4 more than I’ve ever seen in the showroom in the past.
I haven’t had too much to do with the new staff there since my main contact at the dealer, Tony B, left to take up the BMW job a few months ago. Word has it that they’ve been selling well, though. The introduction of diesel here in Australia has been a positive thing and I’ve seen a few of those on the streets in the last few months.
I even saw my first facelifted 9-5 about three weeks ago!
It’s a heartening thing to see Saab so well represented in the showroom there. That particular showroom has been operating for almost a year now, and when it was first built, Tony wanted to have that section for Saabs, but was told that he couldn’t.
Saabs were assigned a strip in the middle of the showroom – a straight line behind the Grrrrreen ad you see on the window, above. That strip allowed room for 3 or 4 cars only and as you can see, the Saab’s weren’t particularly visible from the street (it’s a one way street).
I don’t know if this boosted presence is something that will be retained, but it’s a good thing for the time being, at least.