The first poll asked what peoples’ prime automotive interest will be this year.
If you’re adding the percentages for that poll and scratching your head, bear in mind that voters could choose two options of the five available.
My two responses are in bold type.
So what we see there are a lot of people still planning to stick with their Saabs, either old or new. We Saab fans do have an uncommon loyal streak. I’ll keep our 9000 Aero for as long as it runs and as long as its economically sensible to repair. After that, who knows? Maybe a 9-5 Wagon, maybe something else. We’ll see.
But it sounds as if a lot of people are going to hold on to their Saabs regardless of whether the cars are old or young. That makes sense. You get a lot of car for your money, which is a kind way of saying that they don’t sell for a lot, regardless of specification. A Saab is always worth a lot more to its current owner than anyone else.
Some will update their vehicles, however, and most who indicated that they will buy something in 2014 also indicated that that car wouldn’t be a Saab.
Again, you can see my vote in bold. Should circumstances permit it this year, I’ll look for either a Lancia Fulvia or an Alfa 33 or Sprint.
The numbers for Saab are not so surprising given the number of people still interested in owning a Saab according Poll #1. In fact, the top 3 responses were all as I thought they would be.
A lot of people I correspond with talk about replacing their Saabs with a Volvo and it makes sense. Modern Volvos have a much sportier, more contemporary feel than the Ovlov’s we used to make fun of. The partnership with Polestar certainly helps. But bottom line: they’re Swedish, they’re safe, they’re generally well appointed and you can buy one that goes pretty darn quick if you want to.
The number of potential Jaguar owners is interesting. Saab fans would be surprised at the number of former Saab employees now working for Jaguar Land Rover, particularly in the marketing and sales divisions. Quite a few key Saab people are there now.
There’s little surprising here. A number of people are staying the course and a number of people are moving on. I can well understand both situations as I’m in between both of them myself. Personally speaking, I’ve already moved on, but we have a 9000 Aero at home that has been a bit disappointing but will continue to serve us for a long time to come.
I think Andrew Robertson expressed the whole situation pretty well in comments:
It appears from what is being offered here that those with Saabs that are running well will keep them going for a fair while longer. The emotive element still remains strong for many to some degree at least and clearly more for some than others it seems, and no-one has really bonded with NEVS despite what they have done in recent times. Why do I feel a bit ambivalent? I struggle with that to be honest. On one hand I have huge brand loyalty and on the other I can’t see where things are going with any certainty to have any sense of direction. It would be good to get more information from NEVS to hang off. It would also be good to see a car that you can announce to your skeptical mates that “we’re back!” But I can’t…I’d like to though and have some sense of validation that the cars I own and drive have potential longevity for the future. Maybe that’s it. Just hanging out for the future…
Whether people plan to hold on to a Saab for good or not, we’re all pretty interested and…. well…. hanging out for the future.
Thanks for your thoughts and participation.
If you’re a Saab owner and you do buy something through the year, please feel free to drop me a line and let us know why you bought whatever you end up buying, Saab or otherwise.