I have to update the smaller market figures. Netherlands coming….
ctm’s posted a few things through.
First of all, Saab’s global sales for November totalled 8,936 cars, which was down by 149 cars. Year to date, Saab has sold just under 113,000 cars – which means they’d need around 20,000 in December to come close to last year’s record total.
Obviously this ain’t going to happen, which we all knew anyway.
Secondly, a list I’ll call “Another reason why Saab needs a new 9-5 – and quickly”
And I should add (some 8 hours later) that this list relates to the Swedish market – sorry about that.
First list: most sold company cars
- 1 Volvo V70
2 Saab 9-5
3 Saab 9-3
3 VW Passat [sic!] 4 Volvo V50
5 VW Golf
6 Ford Focus
7 Audi A6
8 Audi A4
9 BMW 3-series
10 Skoda Oktavia
Second list: most sold cars to private buyers
- 1 Volvo V70
2 Peugeot 307
3 Skoda Fabia
4 VW Golf
5 Ford Focus
6 Saab 9-3
7 Volvo V50
8 Renault Megane
9 Citroën C4
10 Renault Clio
And finally, there’s been some changes to vehicle taxation in some European countries recently. Most notably in Ireland, where up until now they had one of the best deals ever on BioPower cars.
I’m still to hear what the final effects will be, but it looks like they’ve moved to an emissions-based calculation method for taxes on new car sales. The problem with the BioPower cars is which emissions figure to use? The car can run on gasoline, E85 or any mix in between and obviously the emissions vary depending on what’s in the tank.
So do they use the closed loop E85 figure that Saab claims, or the full gasoline figure?
I’ll let you know when I know.