Two bits of news coming from Texas in the last week or so….
Steve Shannon from SaabUSA has mentioned recently that he’s pretty happy with the Saab dealer network in the US. There’s a good number of specialist Saab-only dealers with good facilities, for example. He acknowledges that some dealers need to improve, but most are within the required curve. Sounds rosy.
Problem is, a number have shut up shop at the end of this year. I heard about a few in the northeast that have either closed or changed ownership in the last few weeks.
Now comes news that Performance Saab in Houston, Texas, closed as of the 22nd December. The owner will apparently be selling the land as an alternative to running a business there. The nearest dealerships are around 25 miles out of town, so the 4th largest city in the US no longer has a Saab presence in the city area.
One guy from Performance was an occasional commenter here and enthusiastic member of the Lone Star Saab Club there in Texas. Jacek had a real passion for the brand, so I’m very sad to have heard this news, especially just prior to Christmas. Another guy from Performance, Gil R, was also a member of the club and supporter of the brand.
All’s not quite so well out there in dealer-land. The XWD system, 9-4x and new 9-5 can’t come soon enough.
To Jacek and Gil: I hope you guys land on your feet in 2008. We’ll be thinking of you.
The other news is about the aforementioned Lone Star Saab Club, which has grown from a twinkle in the founder’s eye to over 100 members in it’s first 6 months.
Well done, Texans!