Sales Snippets

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 Citroรซn 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.

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  1. Where did you source that “most sold company cars” list from? It’s obviously in Europe, not worldwide. There’s no way a company in the U.S. would get their employees a $30K-$40K+ car for business use.

    In the U.S. we tend to get cheap domestic cars, like my late 2006 Dodge Stratus SXT (R.I.P.)…

    All these countries which tax based on displacement or emissions: is this a result of their ratification of the Kyoto Protocols and therefore one way they’re trying to limit CO2 emissions? That would explain why we do no such thing here in the U.S. and tend to have big honkin’ cars with big honkin’ engines emitting big honkin’ amounts of crap into the air. There’s no penalty for doing so.

    Taxes vary by state here, but in California (as well as in other states, I think) it’s calculated as a percentage of the value of the vehicle. So if you buy a $20K Toyota Prius you get taxed the same as if you bought a $20K Toyota FJ Cruiser truck thingy.

    Yes, I think California could change its tax structure to favor less-emitting cars. They already give a tax credit for hybrid cars which get over a certain highway milage and up until recently issued a sticker for high-mileage cars to enable the driver to use the carpool lane even if they only have no passengers in the car. Maybe California needs to evaluate taxation based on gross emissions (like NOx, PM, CO, and CO2) rather than vehicle value to promote even more “green” cars. So a Saab 9โต would be taxed less than a Cadillac DTS for example…

  2. BaRa: maybe that was U.K. data. I think I remember reading about people in Britain getting Saabs as company cars and being really jealous. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Some of the cars on the list aren’t even sold in the U.S. (what the heck is a Skoda Octavia? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  3. ctm: thanks for the clarification. So ovloV and Saab do well there because they’re domestics, just like the majority of Dodge cars sold in the U.S. are company fleet vehicles.

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