Saab building as a good company car choice in Sweden

It seems Saab are receiving some very favourable consideration in the Swedish corporate fleet market.

From Swedish Radio:

Swedish companies are beginning to trust Saab again and more people choose one of the company’s models. [This is] an important market for Saab as great company cars constitute [a large number] of sales.

NCC, one of Scandinavia’s largest construction and property companies, were last at the turn back to that retrieved their car from Trollhattan. (i’m not sure how to accurately translate that in context – SW)

– We have pressure from our employees that Saab will be an eligible car [for company purchases/leases]. Saab has produced a pair of models [with] carbon dioxide emissions below 120 grams. And then there is another reason: it is a Swedish car maker, says Lennart Persson, head of car purchases in NCC.

Bottom line – this refers to the Saab 9-3 TTiD Sport Sedan and with that, Saab are offering a range of cars that are popular in Sweden because they’ve been able to give the market something it wants: a sub-120g/km car with good space and power.

Just wait until they get the SportCombi below that level. They’ll have to build bigger doors at the factory to ensure they can get them out quickly!

This is something that the numbers have told us might be the case (sub-120g/km cars cost less to register, etc), but it’s great to hear it being confirmed.

TurboLover
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TurboLover
5 years 8 months ago

The $1.000.000 question: When is the 9-3 2011,5 comming with the SC diesel below 120g/km CO2?
It gotta be close in time so somebody should know!

In suspension / TurboLover

SXV
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SXV
5 years 8 months ago

That’s a good question but for me the question is, when will a XWD version be avaliable with the TTID in the 9-3. The tourqe in my 9-3 Aero TTID makes it hard to get the power to the ground during winter and that is annoying. A 9-3X TTID XWD would be very welcome during a winter such as this we have now.

Troels, Denmark
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5 years 8 months ago

Nice to hear! 🙂

Tompa
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Tompa
5 years 8 months ago

The 9-3SS TTiD and 9-3SC TTiD are the huge reasons why Saab Will reach their desired goal of 80.000 cars this year. The other reason being the 9-5SC and ofcoarse the 9-4X in the US.

This is good news. NCC is a huge construction company of buildings, bridges etc and has an awful lot of cars. The news will make other companys return to Saab.

I believe that Saab is bigger than it ever was in only a couple of years time and making good money.

Cheers/Tom

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 8 months ago
Remember, I wrote that 15 000 cars can be sold in Swe this year (but hopefully 20 000). I hope that Saabs breakthrough is a fact. A few thoughts: 1. Sweden is in hand and the biggest market for the year, hopefully 20-25% just to help to reach there goal of 80 000. 2. It´s going to take time in other small and large markets(outside Swe), strategic steps in lease deals is the key in all markets. It will rise anyway but is it enough for the goal? 3. Must come up to decent levels in SCNA, I believe lease… Read more »
Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 8 months ago

I saw a car from Trafikverket today – a Saab 9-3 SC in white. Couldn’t figure out when it was bought.

turbokalle
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turbokalle
5 years 8 months ago

You are absolutely right Swade. When the 93 sc gets the facelift and the below 120g engine Saabs will fly out of the factory to Swedish customers.
I`m looking out of my window here in central Stockholm, and I see about 30 cars. How many of them are sedans? One (1)!!! Thats an old Volvo 740. The rest are company transporters, some SUV:s and as a majority; stationwagons.
The “new” 93 sc combined with the new 95 sc will make sales numbers increase tremendously!

TurboLover
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TurboLover
5 years 8 months ago

The 9-5 SC will undoubtely sell better than the SS in Sweden, but one thing that comes into mind is that Its’ main rival (traditionally at least) is the V70. And the V70 exist in a well selling sub 120g/km CO2 version. This might be troublesome for Saab I guess, since the tax benefits for E85 vehicles expire in the end of 2011. After that ,ONLY sub 120g/km CO2 -vehicles will have tax benefits

What are your thoghts on this issue?

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 8 months ago

Even DI is writing about this in a positive way. 🙂

TurboLover
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TurboLover
5 years 8 months ago
TurboLover
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TurboLover
5 years 8 months ago
Still, a bigger car (V70) with such anemic power must be a pain to drive. You’ve got more space but no power to pull it along if you fill the thing up. Correct, but it is a popular model never the less among families with less of a car interest. I do not want to overstate this issue, but If I am to guess, I belive that 9-3 soon will take the second spot (traditionally the place for 9-5SC) after V70 in Swedish sales and the 9-5 maybe in 5-7 place (when the 9-5 SC has entered the market). A… Read more »
TurboLover
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TurboLover
5 years 8 months ago

turbokalle wrote:

Let`s hope for another couple of jawdroppers from Saab.
I don`t think that Saab will ever produce a 95 with sub 160 hp even if it means that the 120 g goal is reached. I wonder if there is a diesel hybrid in the wings?
That would of course be a miracle if that would happen in the next year or two, but one can hope.
Nevertheless, the sub 120 g 93 sc will most definetly attract some buyers looking at larger cars. Looks sell, and the 93 is hellofalot better looking than the V70.

+1

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MarkoA
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MarkoA
5 years 8 months ago
This is good news! Make SC below 120g and cars will fly out of the dealers! This is exactly what many of us have been crying for a long time already. Europe is all CO2 madness and Saab has to be a part of it. Now they are. And straight to the top! Excellent. This really makes many other “eco friendly” models look really weak. 180hp and 400Nm are very good numbers considering the consumption. It´s really good to hear that Saab is gaining trust again. It´s what they desperately need. Btw, Saab is advertising on a radio in Finland,… Read more »
Nils
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Nils
5 years 8 months ago

I would expect Saab to try get the 160 hp 9-5 TiD down to 119 g CO2/km as well. Aerodynamically the 9-5 sedan must be better than the 9-3 SC. Question is whether they can put the 1.9 TTiD with the same mechanics as in the 9-3 in the 9-5, or if they are tied with some kind of GM contract to use exactly the same powerplants as the Insignia…

Trollblazer
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5 years 8 months ago
Car CO2 emissions are irrelevant. Since the Earth’s atmosphere is not lacking in greenhouse gases [water vapor], if the system could have increased its surface temperature it would have done so long before our emissions. It need not have waited for us to add CO2: another greenhouse gas, H2O, was already to hand in practically unlimited reservoirs in the oceans. Earth type planetary atmospheres, having partial cloud cover and sufficient reservoir of water; maintain an energetically uniquely determined, constant, maximized greenhouse effect that cannot be increased further by emissions. The greenhouse temperature must fluctuate around this theoretical equilibrium constant; change… Read more »
Daniel G
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Daniel G
5 years 8 months ago

Not going to discuss CO2 with you ;), but it is after all directly related to fuel consumption. The work being done in the whole inustry to reduce CO2 emissions is good because it reduces the fuel consumption. I really like being able to drive 1000km without having to refuel.

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