Saab UK sales data – May 2011

Total
May 2011 377 (200 in May 2010)
YTD 2011 3244 (1813 YTD 2010)

(5850 YT 2010)

It is incredible, this time I was hopping for 300 registered units, and the UK team managed to sell 377 units. UK is the biggest market for Saab in 2011.

Saab UK, keep this great work!!!

Blue Griffin
The UK really needs more cars like this one on their streets.
Joe G
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Is that photo from the Saab Wales Open?

Troels, Denmark
Member
5 years 3 months ago

I think it is interesting to observe, that there does not seem to be a tight relation between the content in the reviews in different markets and the sales-numbers…; As far as I remember the worst reviews was exactly in UK .. (?)
If so: It even more underlines the good work from the UK sales team! 🙂

theSandySaab
Member
5 years 3 months ago

That is one darn good looking car!
The facelift is visually pleasing as are these wheels. Now, the SC would still my choice, had I the funds…
Keep them rolling to and in the kingdom…

Motoradd's Cat
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Well done Saab GB

Despite poor reviews in the UK motoring press and the usual doom and gloom they talk about.

Perhaps it’s simply down to the low emissions (road tax free) 9-3 and two harsh winters.

As many of us UK Saab drivers have noted how the German and British rear wheel drive cars slip, slide and crash even in the lightest snow fall.

Possibly a few conquest sales from winter stranded drivers of the above mentioned cars?

RS
Member
5 years 3 months ago

I read somewhere that 70% of the B 1-series owners thought they’ve got a FWD car.
Imagine the surprice when you go from sudden powerslide to hefty oversteer the first day you hit the frozen road (possibly with your kids in the back) 🙁

Motoradd's Cat
Member
5 years 3 months ago
Yes those BMW Series 1’s look like a FWD car. You would have thought thye could make FWD since they have been making minis for a while. When they let go though, it’s scary. In the snow of Jan 2010, a few days after some Seat driver crashed into my ’08 9-5 wagon parked outside my house and drove off, I was on the M6 in my ’94 900V6 heading north towards Spaghetti Junction, when a series 1 belted onto the icy motorway from the previous junction. There was a loud thud and whizzing noise behind me. I looked in… Read more »
mnztr
Member
5 years 3 months ago

That would never happen due to traction control and stability assist.

Motoradd's Cat
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Before my wife saw the light (Saab) she had a ’06 Mini Cooper with those features and was useless in the snow despite FWD.

Technology cannot always overcome the laws of physics especially when you have wide tyres.

mike saunders
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Drive-wheel placement, while important, matters much less than the type of rubber on the road. The scant dusting of snow that the UK received last winter would be laughed at by hardy Mainers piloting RWD pickups through 8+ inches of snow. Of course, most folks in the northeast put on the winter tires soon after the leaves turn. If a car doesn’t have snow tires, and there’s snow on the ground, three guesses to what’s going to happen. 😉

…and I’ve driven Saabs that handled horribly in snow — and yes, they had wide-profile summer performance tires…

marcus
Member
5 years 3 months ago

congratulations to saab uk!

hope that saab germany will awake soon…

saabista63
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Yes, it’s incredible. I was in the UK last month and there are unbelievably many SAABs anywhere – you come across more SAABs in an hour than I see here in Austria in a week.

Motoradd's Cat
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Being a UK Saab driver, and using the M6 in the West Midlands (the UK’s busiest Motorway and one of the busiest in Europe) at peak rush hour, I have noticed a considerable increase in late model Saab 9-3’s (and the odd new 9-5) travelling in both directions. Having been driving that stretch for many many years in increase is both noticeable and most welcome.

However my recent road trips to France tell another story. You can drive for 900 miles (Calais to Perpignan) and not see one Saab with French number plates.

Does anyone know the story with Saab and France?

Thylmuc
Member
5 years 3 months ago
Haven’t you mentioned that before? It really is weird, but to offer one rather boring explanation, Saabs are pretty much confined to larger towns (because a dealer in the middle of the massif central would hardly survive, and buyers on the country side tend to buy more national cars, its the same as in Germany), and if you did not touch any such towns, and crossed the country when not too many urban citizens are en route, there are simply not many Saabs out there. In Munich, i normally encounter a Saab every couple of minutes, when however on the… Read more »
Motoradd's Cat
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5 years 3 months ago

Apologies for being boring.

Yes I have mentioned it before, and I’ll probably mention it again. Nils reply has probably hit the nail on the head.

You can’t ignore a market as big a France, and hopefully if someone at Saab picks up my observations and sees a market opportunity that may have been missed, then great. If they see France as a dead duck then hopefully they will email me, and I shall not mention it again.

The more cars Saab can sell the better the chance of survival.

nils
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Saabs are rare birds in France. Even in the old days under GM, Saab sold less cars in France (60 million inhabitants) than in Norway (4.5 million).

You need to travel far to find a Saab dealer, and the cars remain exotic. France has been a diesel country for years, something that was a problem for Saab before 1998.

Motoradd's Cat
Member
5 years 3 months ago
I know there is a Saab Dealer in Saint-Quentin, which is not that big a dwelling. I have seen a few petrol GM900’s in the suburbs and smaller towns, but not on the AutoRoute’s or National roads. I agree with the exotic statement, the French drivers are quite curious about the Dame Edna 9-5’s. The diesel issue would explain a lot regarding small volume sales, and how close some drivers got to the tailgate (were they looking at the TiD badge?). Alternatively, I guess when Saab was under GM’s ownership, they may just have ignored the French Market because of… Read more »
Tomas TL1000R
Member
5 years 3 months ago

I can see potential in France, the 9-3 SS/SC/cab TTiD is a good starter. How many dealers are there in F?

Great to see GB doing so well!

Uddo
Member
5 years 3 months ago

From a Saab press release (in french language)

The network of Saab Automobile France currently is the 50 dealerships owned by 45 dealers. The objective at the end of 2011 is to finalize contracts with 9 other dealers in Bordeaux, Nantes, Grenoble, Montpellier, Compiègne, Annecy, La Roche sur Yon and overseas in Guadeloupe and Mauritius. Negotiations are underway for additional dealerships to be located in Lyon, St. Germain en Laye, Versailles, Cergy Pontoise, Dijon, and Amiens. The sales goals for Saab in France for 2011 is 1,360 cars. This will be supplemented by additional sales by the planned new dealers.

Carlo A
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Well done UK !!!
Can we hope for 12K units this year?

SaabSouth
Member
5 years 3 months ago

That looks superb, those Aero wheels are the business!

Toby K
Member
5 years 3 months ago
I have to disagree I am afraid. I am so happy for Saab UK but more needs to happen, I think in time it will but marketing presence is still very lacking in the mainstream. of course this takes money-which Saab does not have. The current Saab is the best they could do in teh interim with that GM mandated design and it looks nice but it is lacking in Radical funtional design elements-it is too dull for me and I will not by new until Saab regains its originality once more-it is still just a BMW 320 or Audi… Read more »
whoozy2002
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5 years 3 months ago

Saab UK must listen to the buyers and this simple measure will always help sales. So if anyone from Saab Australia is reading some punters like manual transmission, 16″ alloys will not cut the mustard, linear models do not equate to prestidge, set realistic pricing that the market will sustain, avoid fire sales and improve the warranty.

Saabulon
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Agree with previous commenters, great looking car! Is that colour Nocturne Blue?

Ruben NL
Member
5 years 3 months ago

A great result delivered by the British sales force, and a clear example for mainland Europe.

Bravada from GMI
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Congratulations UK. I hope once the factory started it improved even further.

Now, when will the 18 turbines become available on the 9-5?

zippy
Member
5 years 3 months ago

A lot of the success is down to the 119g/km rating for the TTiD engine. Good for Saab and good for the wallets of drivers’ with that ridiculously high cost of fuel.

nils
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Well, the fuel cost is still small compared to depreciation of a new car. (Regardless of the brand.)

Anyway, the low emission TTiD is a great achievement!

mnztr
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Wow that car looks GREAT with those wheels, the sport combin and vert would look even nicer!! I can’t see ANY problems selling a car that looks like that at the right price. Amazing considering all the issues with finances that SAABs still sold at a good clip.

RobinM
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5 years 3 months ago
w3c validator
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5 years 3 months ago

Amazingly wonderful photos there Robin!

Remdu67
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Congratulations for Saab UK. An inspired prices policy? Public prices of a 9-3 Griffin are in UK more or less 5000€ to 10000€ under Saab France prices for the same level of equipement. And life is not that cheaper in the UK, is it? So what ?…

beren
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Smoking hot car – love the fog lights and those Turbine wheels are great.

SaabR
Member
5 years 3 months ago

I agree, those turbine wheels are my favorite too. Unfortunately, we won’t get them for the US/CA market… don’t know why. The base/non-Aero will use the Aero FWD wheel from 2011 and the Aero will get a twist on the 5-spoke variation. Decent looking, but no turbine I have to say!

Toby K
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5 years 3 months ago

I do like the wheels but one thing niggles me if they were truly functional alloys that would create a relative low pressure under the car to sustain downforce but to me it looks like these provide an impelled high pressure although looking at how thick the leading edge of each stator is I guess te net effect is nominal/null

goofy
Member
5 years 3 months ago

“truly functional alloys” ?!?

Bazzer
Member
5 years 3 months ago

Toby

Maybe you have to accelerate the air under the car to try and equal the speed/pressure of the air going the long way around over the roof. Is that not what a rear end diffuser does, ie accelerate the air under the car?

I am no expert on this, more or less thinking aloud.

Bazzer

Eleven
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5 years 3 months ago

Add one more new SAAB 9-3 to the UK total, ordered a gorgeous black saloon yesterday with some extras to make it special. Have owned 7 SAAB’s previously, but never new, looking forward the that – SAAB black premium leather too 🙂

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