It’s time to take a look through the various smaller Saab markets and see what’s going on.
If you’ve got figures for your small market, then shoot ’em through to me via email and I’ll add then to the post.
Official Australian figures are now in. Parveen mentioned to me last week that sales were up 37% for the month and he wasn’t gilding the lily. Saab sold 77 units for the month, compared with sales of just 57 units in October last year.
Saab Oz have sold 1,627 vehicles for the year so far, vs 1,402 for the same period last year. That goal of 2,000 vehicles for the year might yet be reached, though continued improvements over last year wil be needed. For November and December last year Saab sold around 210 units. They need 373 sales in the last two months of this year to get to the 2,000 mark.
Total sales for the Dutch market were 42,150 in October and 457,457 for the year to date. These are both up from 38,862 and 435,845 respectively.
SAAB 9-3 – 231 sales for the month vs 196 last year. 2,314 sales YTD, which is down slightly from 2,593 sales last year.
SAAB 9-5 – 40 sales last month vs 42 sold in Oct last year. There have been 477 units of the 9-5 sold this year so far, compared with 593 for the same period in 2006.
SAAB 9-7X – There were no 9-7x’s sold in October and 2 sold in october 2006. There have been 57 9-7x’s sold in the Dutch market this year, down from 81 for the same period last year.
SAAB TOTAL – There were 271 Saabs sold in October vs 240 sold in October 2006. YTD sales are down, 2,879 this year vs 3,267 last year.
Oct 2007 (2006)
9-3: 191 (119)
9-5: 43 (94)
Jan-Oct 2007 (2006)
9-3: 1690 (1073)
9-5: 285 (807)
Saab sales are up 5 per cent this year, but the total market is up 22.5 per cent. And Saab’s market share is only 1.8 per cent this year. We need the new 9-5 now!!! – Thanks, Arild!!!
Saab sales in October 07: 188 (0.4% market share), which is slightly up on last year, when 162 units were sold (0.4% share).
YTD 07: 2,728 (0.6%) which is down on 2006, where 3,382 (0.7%) vehicles were sold from Jan-Oct.
10/2007: 113 (market share 1.02%)
10/2006: 154 (market share 1.38%)
YTD 2007: 1,411 (market share 1.18%)
YTD 2006: 1,493 (market share 1.14%)
So, no big surprises or drama in here according to Pika. Compared to last year, total sales are down 8.5% but Saab is down “only” 5.5% so that’s probably a good thing.
In other Finnish news, the government there is changing the way it applies taxes to cars. Previously there was a flat 28% tax on sales, but the new rate is variable between 10% and 40%, based on fuel consumption and emissions, and the end result is favourable for Saab.
Canadian sales are following the trend of their southern neighbors in the US.
There were 171 Saabs sold in Canada during October, a significant fall of around 38% from the 277 sold in the same month last year.