Another month has passed by, and Saab sales numbers are out once again.
Saab is in many Countries way behind the 2008 figures, and in some few even behind 2009 figures, at least January 2011 is better than January 2010.
I have access to the sales numbers of 19-20 countries, which I’ve classified in two groups. S,UK,US is the first group and the other 16-17 Countries are the rest.
If I compare the retail data of all those countries compared with the global data published by Saab, I see that the rest of the world accounted in 2010 for 6% of the retailed units.
In 2010 group 1 accounted for 71% of the retailed units, group 2 for 23% and the rest of the world accounted for, as I’ve already said, 6%.
While I’m still missing the data of 3 countries from group 2 (Denmark, Greece and Poland), and I don’t expect those figures to come out today, I can still say something about the total outcome.
Note: the unknown data has been filled with the monthly average of 2010
My predicted total retail figure for January is 2.700, this means Saab has to retail more than 7.000 units in the next 11 months to reach the 80.000 figure at the end of the year.
This can be divided into
59% group 1
41% group 2
6% group 3
I don’t want to say who has performed well and who not, but continental Europe is doing quite well, and Sweden and UK could have been better.
I think even Saab expected to sell 100 more units this month, but as Swade already commented, the spring and the summer will look much brighter as new model will enter the Swedish market.
And what about the UK? Well if they perform like last year taking the retail numbers of January as base they will be able to retail 20.000 units in 2011. So they are not really that bad at all.
One last note to those who like to misuse numbers. The numbers I have access to are retail numbers, but the Saab forecast is on Wholesale numbers. I expect that this years difference between retail and wholesale will be at about 4.000 – 5.000 units, thus if Saab retails about 75.000 cars they will be reaching the forecast.
And now after all that numbers something to relax
I’ve seen this picture in some east-Europe sites(roadlook.sk; automedia.bg). I don’t know why this picture has appeared now, and if it is based on some leaked pictures or not, but I like it.