Dutch Saab dealers order new Saabs

Several Dutch Saab dealers have ordered new Saabs with the help of a Swedish intermediary. After Ruud Blokhuis, who has three Saab centres in the Netherlands, Driessen Autogroup also placed an order.

According to an article on BovagKrant the new Saab 9-3 Aero Sedans will be presented in the showrooms of Blokhuis in May 2014. For now it is mentioned Blokhuis has ordered three models. The Dutch entrepreneur aims at a positive impuls for the brand experience in the Netherlands. “Saab is and remains a niche brand. We don’t expect to realise substantial sales numbers, but we predominantly focus on the Saab enthusiasts who would love to again drive a new Saab. (…) When there is serious interest we will of course pick up more Saabs from Sweden.” Sales prices and terms of delivery are not yet known.

Also Driessen Autogroup jumped at the opportunity to supply loyal Saab customers with new Saabs, according to an article on Automotive Online. “We have a big and loyal group of Saab fans in Brabant (province of the Netherlands) who are without a doubt happy with this initiative”, says Jeroen Smits, Chief Operational Officer at Driessen Autogroup. Smits also recognizes an interesting opportunity for the business market with the upcoming electric Saab 9-3.

These interesting and positive actions follow the initiative of the Swedish Saab dealer who ordered a couple of new Saabs for his customers, as mentioned here on SU earlier on. It sounds like a good business case for Saab centres. They know loyal Saab customers who want to buy a Saab and they do them a huge favour. Of course it’s a relatively big investment for the companies involved, but they could for example work with a pre-order system.

Hopefully this news can inspire other Saab dealers, at least for now all over Europe. Imagine if multiple dealers per country would order a couple of Saabs, the total sales numbers of new Saabs could get a significant boost during the restart of production. Of course the sale of these first cars can have an advantage as the demand side of fans has been waiting for some time, so it’s no guarantee for a steady increase of sales numbers, but it’s an important start with a hopefully global future of Saab and its future models in mind. Customers waiting for a new Saab can be adequately serviced with a new Saab, and Saab centres can continue working with new Saabs, hereby definitely improving the Saab experience in the respective markets.

Maybe ask your trusted Saab centre about the possibilities, and who knows what little but valuable impulses we can offer for the Saab brand together.

TurboLover
Member
2 years 8 months ago

Great news!

Bob Clark
Member
2 years 8 months ago

I am really pleased for the lucky Saab enthusiasts, and others, in Sweden and The Netherlands, who will fairly soon once again have the chance to go to a Saab dealer and order a new car that isn’t a Lexus, Alfra Romeo, BMW or the like.

But do spare a thought for us in the UK, because until and unless Trolhattan once again starts to build Saabs in RHD, the experience is not one we’ll be able to share. More’s the pity.

Pete Cherry
Member
2 years 8 months ago

Brillkiant news – gathering pace now. But as Bob says, RHD needed!!!

Pete Cherry
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2 years 8 months ago

Sorry for spelling – I meant brilliant. (couldn’t edit)

3cyl
Member
2 years 8 months ago

If dealers think it is worthwhile to find a way to bring the cars in, it seems that NEVS should exhibit more initiative to be involved. Perhaps seeing this kind of interest will prod them along.

Angelo V.
Member
2 years 8 months ago

Yes, certainly. Lead the horse to water. Hope the horse drinks.

Jan Ivarsson
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2 years 8 months ago
Devils advocate and everything (yes I know Angelo will have a field trip with this comment): I’m not saying that this is bad news but if these are ordered in December the sales for that month are somewhat skewed. Selling cars to a dealer and have them standing in a showroom doesn’t equal market demand. It does however equal dealers having faith in the brand and that is also important but regardless, if you have all the dealers in the world on board but no one sells the product… Just saying. But we are hoping for the best ! And… Read more »
Angelo V.
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2 years 8 months ago

Beakon: I don’t know about having a field day—-i don’t want to be responsible for more people staying off the site for six months. But seriously, this seems to be quite the long end around to get the word out that the brand is back and alive—-I mean, there are easier ways to accomplish that!

TonymacUK
Member
2 years 8 months ago

I e-mailed NEVS re the Dutch sales – this is their reply.
No! None of those cars where orderd by any of the Dutch Saab Dealers! I hope that we can Saab can return to the Netherlands someday.

Hope this from NEVS Customer Support clarifies things.

David Hay
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2 years 8 months ago

I find it disturbing that I have to find out about SAAB other than from SAAB(Nevs).

They have a heading listed as “news” on their website but perhaps it should be listed as “history” because by the time they post the “news” I’ve seen it elsewhere.

No excuses for Nevs — PR is at best — lamentable; at worst — contemptuous.

hughw
Member
2 years 8 months ago
” Imagine if multiple dealers per country would order a couple of Saabs, the total sales numbers of new Saabs could get a significant boost during the restart of production.” You have to be kidding with this remark. I have no idea how many former dealers there or or how many countries, although actually there are no dealers. But for the sake of argument, lets sat 10 dealers and 15 countries. That’s 150 dealers, and if they each order 2 cars that’s a grand total of 300 cars. Granted, that’s a “significant” percentage increase over the 31 cars so in… Read more »
Angelo V.
Member
2 years 8 months ago
No dealer network organized to sell new Saabs—-so the desire is for non-dealers (former dealers) to pool their resources to get a blanket order in the dozens. Here is a question to ponder: At what point in time (what year) will NEVS produce its 100,000th Saab? Previous question: WILL NEVS ever make it to 100,000 units? Because instead of talking in the dozens or hundreds, realistically, we need to be talking in the tens of thousands, relatively quickly, for this to have any chance at all in China, Sweden, other parts of Europe, North America, the former planet known as… Read more »
Doug R.
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2 years 8 months ago
Ok, here is my 2 cents, way to many assumptions about why Nevs hasn’t done this or that. In Angelo’s analogy the Dude shuts his mouth when meeting everyone because there is a screw job coming,,, No marriage,No future just a good screwing at least for the dude. The agenda of this company thus far, by its lack of communication absolutely goes against Marketing 101,,, its not because they don’t know better,, it doesn’t matter to them. No other way to put it.. They have plans alright,, just not what we think or want.
Doug R.
Guest
2 years 8 months ago
Ok, here is my 2 cents, In Angelo’s analogy the Dude shuts his mouth when meeting everyone know why?less is better, he doesn’t want to be exposed because there is a screw job coming,,, No marriage,No future just a good screwing at least for the dude., The agenda of this company thus far, by its lack of communication absolutely goes against Marketing 101,,, its not because they don’t know better,, it doesn’t matter to them. No other way to put it.. They have plans alright,, just not what we think or want.
KT
Member
2 years 8 months ago
I think in all fairness that it’s probably not worth their while doing a lot of marketing given they are only licensed to sell 1000 units per year, plus it’s an old model so it makes sense to hold off until the new model is ready for sale to the general public. Don’t get me wrong, the current 93 is a beautiful car and I’m very disappointed that our market (UK) amongst others will not see this model for sale, but I can understand that they don’t want to overspend at the moment until they have a new model and… Read more »
E. Boon
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2 years 8 months ago

Great news for those few enthusiasts that are willing to pay a today’s price for a yesterday’s model. This Dutchman will wait until real new SAAB’s come available. Hopefully 2015.

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