Saab are currently looking for a company to act as distributors for the Australian market. That doesn’t mean that absolutely nothing is happening in the meantime, however.
I’ve just received the following from Djup Strupe. It’s an internal document that gives some brief advice about what’s going on down under. The quotes below are attributed to Jan-Ake Jonsson.
With regard to Australia and New Zealand it is our intention continue with an appointment of an independent importer. We are continuing our search and hope to make an announcement very soon. In the meantime we will continue to work with Holden and do everything we can to facilitate continuation of business.
We are currently building momentum in our production and our commercial system to prepare ourselves for the challenges in 2010. Later this summer we will launch the new 9-5 Sedan and already within 16 months we will be ready to launch the new 9-5 SportCombi and the new 9-4X.
In the nearest future we need to put our focus on the competitive 9-3 range with the new 9-3X on top. We are hoping, with the help of Holden, to be able to put in place a mechanism to enable you to place orders for the 9-3 range and for the new 9-3X.
So it seems that Saab will continue to be sold through current channels for some time to come. Even if a new distributor is appointed, it’s hard to know how long it will be before they’re equipped to start appointing new dealers (if needed) and supporting the sale of Saab cars.
In the interim, I just hope that existing Saab salesmen are supported by their dealer principals and given some resources to push Saab’s story and the stock they might have in place. That stock is probably minimal given that there wasn’t many vehicles shipped during 2009.