Saabs landing in Australia

Finally, some visual confirmation of Saabs landing downunder. It’s been a LONG time since we’ve been able to show images like these.

The first shipment arrived a week or so ago and the new cars are various models of Saab 9-3, including the Saab 9-3x, as you can see. These cars are shown arriving at Brisbane Prestige Group in Queensland (and my thanks to Kevin for sending me the pics).

The Saab 9-3x will be the focus of the first Saab Australia media activities in absolutely ages. The Saab 9-5 launch will be held later in the year, after the first 9-5s arrive.

There was an article in The Australian last weekend. According to the article, the shipment was made up of 75 vehicles, which will be distributed around the nation’s 11 signed-up dealers. Saab Oz have already stated that they’re looking to add a few more in key locations.

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And about the photos above, that Brisbane dealership sure looks a lot better now than what it did a few weeks ago, when the floods came through.

They’ve done a fantastic job of cleaning up there.

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Oh, and there’s a part of that article in The Australian that makes it sound like I’m about to buy my ninth new Saab. I’ve not owned 8 new Saabs in the past and I didn’t indicate that I have. I simply told the journo that I’d like to buy a new one some time in the near future, and that I’ve had 8 Saabs up until now. Misrepresented, but no harm, no foul.

zippy
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zippy
5 years 7 months ago

Swade, one of those 9-3Xs should have your name on it! 🙂

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 7 months ago

+1

James
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James
5 years 7 months ago

good thing those 9-3X’s *weren’t* delivered a few weeks ago!

James…

100%Saab
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100%Saab
5 years 7 months ago

Some people just see red all the time. Or, maybe they have a laser red in stock. So, you can leave your red marker at home. (smile)

Just a thought.

Jim
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Jim
5 years 7 months ago

It’s so fun to watch Saab attempt to claw its way back, bit by bit. 2010 was all about the corporate process. Getting its supply lines pressurized. Getting a team together. 2011 is about re-opening markets, and desperately needed new product. Australia is one such market. Then China and Russia, hopefully. Once Saab has a real presence in these markets, they just need to start delivering a full lineup of cars. To me this is the most dramatic story in the industry today.

PT
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PT
5 years 7 months ago

Great to see. I was starting to think this would never happen, but here we are. Well done SAAB Australia, one step at a time.

turbin
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turbin
5 years 7 months ago

Certainly the 9-3X would have been welcome around some of the water covered roads round Melbourne on the weekend. That’s a whole other level in the pic though. Looks like they had their stock out of the road, I wonder if Kevin can confirm.

New dealers are welcome in some strategic unsupported areas, ie. some parts of Sydney.

Swade
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5 years 7 months ago

Kevin mentioned to me via email that they did indeed get the stock out prior to the water coming. Had some inundation inside but got it cleaned up pretty quick.

Ant
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Ant
5 years 7 months ago

Any information on a dealer in Hobart? Fingers crossed…

Swade
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5 years 7 months ago

They’re in talks (Motors), but last I heard there’s no concrete agreement yet.

Hawkeye
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Hawkeye
5 years 7 months ago

Great news, Sydney should have some this week also.
Photos to come

Red J
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5 years 7 months ago

I ever thought of the Australian market as an Holden + Ford only market, maybe some Japanese or Korean brands could be also found there.

It feels strange to see Citroen or Skoda down under. 🙂

Saabulon
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Saabulon
5 years 7 months ago
Agree with previous comments – one of those 9-3x really should be “Swade” marked. Although neither of them are laser red, I still think it’s worth considering. Both are gourgeous, the white one in particular. The fun thing about wanting a car can be the actual chase. Don’t get me wrong, buying it is fantastic, but the part when you save money, browse the internet and dream can be very nice too. I have my mind set on a 9-3 ss. People keep telling that there’s a new model around the corner, but the current version has been there long… Read more »
J Fan
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J Fan
5 years 7 months ago

Those 9-3X’s look great!

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