Saab GB – Independence Day offers this weekend

Saab GB are extending a few special offers this weekend as part of Saab’s Independence Day events. All dealers should be participating.

For those looking to buy a car, there are special offers available for both new and certified used cars INCLUDING the chance to win your purchase price back.

If you’re looking to improve your current car, there’s something there for you, too, with 50% discounts on some Hirsch upgrades and FREE badge replacement.

Offers are available between February 25 and 28.

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Saab Independence Event
Friday 25th – Monday 28th February

Our first year of independence has been an exciting one, with the arrival of the stylish all new Saab 9-5 saloon and building partnerships with a number of leading innovators. And with 2011 set to welcome some brand new additions to the Saab family, things really couldn’t be in better shape.

So, over the weekend of Friday 25th February until Monday 28th February, we’re celebrating our first successful year of independence. And we’d like you to celebrate with us.

Extraordinary offers across the range and win back the price you pay†

There are lots of reasons to visit us during our Independence Event:

  • An additional £2,500 Trade-in allowance* on your agreed part exchange price.
  • 2010 Approved Used models from just £17,495**.
  • Great finance offers across the range.
  • Plus, if you buy a new or Approved Used Saab during the event, you’ll get the chance to win back the price you pay in our exclusive competition. † for full Competition Terms and Conditions please click here.

Owners’ Area

But if you’re not quite ready to replace your Saab yet, you can still take advantage of our exclusive Aftersales offers for Saab owners, including:

  • Free visual health check, car wash and complimentary clinic with one of our Saab trained technicians.
  • Up to 50% discount on Hirsch Performance upgrades***.
  • Free badge replacement.
  • It all adds up to a great celebration this weekend. So come and join us.

Press Release: Saab GB appoints new Ayrshire dealership

There was some preoccupations from people here about the presence of Saab in Scotland, as County Saab closed its dealerships in Ayr and Inverness.

Since the January 1st Ness Saab has stepped in in Inverness.

Today has ben announced, that Park Saab will take over in Ayr.

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Saab GB is pleased to announce the appointment of a new dealership in Ayrshire.

Situated on the Doonfoot Road, Park’s Saab opens for business on the 8 February 2011. Taking over from County Saab, Park’s Saab will offer the full range of Saab vehicles as well as providing full servicing facilities, MOT testing and an extensive after sales department supplying parts and accessories.

Kevin Robinson, General Manager of Park’s Saab, explains: “Park’s Motor Group has a long standing tie to Ayrshire and we are delighted to open this new Saab franchise in the area.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to reassure Saab customers that it is business as usual at Doonfoot Road. Park’s Saab will take care of all their motoring needs and are fully committed to providing the high levels of service that customers have come to expect.

“Many of the previous dealership staff who will be well known by Saab customers are joining us and bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise to ensure that the Saab experience continues to be as enjoyable as possible. We look forward to welcoming new and existing customers to Park’s Saab soon.”

Charles Toosey, Managing Director of Saab GB, said: “I am delighted to welcome Park’s Saab into our network of dealers. Park’s Motor Group has a wealth of experience in the motor industry and will maintain the standards of excellence that our customers expect.”

Park’s Motor Group is one of Scotland’s leading motor dealers with a number of franchises across the country. The Group was established in Lanarkshire and has since expanded into Ayrshire, Fife and Glasgow. The Ayr operation of the dealer group has Renault and Nissan franchises in High Road and Land Rover, Jaguar and Volvo franchises complimented by a large Approved Used car operation on Heathfield Road in Ayr.

To find out more pop in to see Kevin and the team at Park’s Saab, Doonfoot Road, Ayr or ring 01292 445540.

AyrshireXC90, I think the problem is solved now.

Saab GB sales data – December 2010

British sales data has been released and it seems to have been a good finish to the year for Saab in the old country.

December registrations came in at 742 vehicles, which is 140% above the 309 vehicle sold last year.

Interestingly, the December performance for Lexus was 216 cars (down 13%) and Jaguar registered 1,070 which was 29% down on last Decembers 1,508.

Total Saab registrations in 2010 were 5,890 – a drop of 21% on the 7486 achieved in 2009.

A few other notes…..

This was the best December market share performance since 2007 at 0.6%.

Saab’s retail market share has grown steadily throughout the final quarter of 2010:

  • 0.29% for October
  • 0.39 for November, and
  • 0.6% for December

I believe the target they’re aspiring to at the moment is a 1% market share.

Congratulations to Saab GB and their dealers. Keep in growing!

“Dear Jonathan” – it seems Saab GB are listening

It’s great to read stories about Saab responding to feedback. In this case, it’s the boatload of negative reviews that eminated from the British motoring press about the driving characteristics of the new Saab 9-5 on British roads.

The response?

Britain is one of the key markets in Europe for Saab, which is why they are treating the customers there with a specially upgraded version of the new 9-5 sedan with no change in pricing. The model is based on the Vector SE trim level and features leather trimmed seats as standard, replacing the previous leather and textile interior trim.

What’s more, they offer a set of 18 inch Carve alloy wheels, improving the aesthetic appeal of the car, replacing the regular 17 inch Blade alloy wheels.

In addition to the new wheels, they’ve also tweaked the chassis to enhance the dynamics and comfort. The previous sport chassis fitted as standard has now been replaced with a revised comfort chassis specification, so you get a sweet ride with the 2.0-litre TiD 160PS models equipped with manual transmission.

Jonathan Nash had this to say….

These improvements are the result of feedback from the UK automotive media. The improved driving characteristics address issues related to ride comfort on UK roads. The fact that the engineering team have managed to make the changes without affecting the impressive CO2 emissions of just 139g/km for the manual 2.0-litre TiD 160PS car show that the small independent Saab engineering team can respond very quickly to market requirements.

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It’s great news, a great response, and I look forward to a new round of press reviews for the Saab 9-5.

Now, if only we could get some responses to issues raised from those November Saab sales in the US…..

Press Release: SAAB GB APPOINTS NEW DEALERSHIP IN SCOTLAND

No need to shout!

The following is a press release from Saab GB.

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Saab GB is pleased to announce the appointment of a new dealership in Inverness.

Ness Motors Ltd, situated on the Harbour Road, opens for business on the 1st January, 2011, and will offer the full range of Saab vehicles as well as providing full servicing facilities, MOT testing and an extensive after sales department supplying parts and accessories.

The existing County Saab dealership at 60, Harbour Road will close its doors for the last time on 31st December, 2010.

Chris Rankin, Managing Director of Ness Motors Ltd, explains: “We are pleased to open this new Saab franchise and see great potential for increasing Saab’s market share in Inverness.

“Understandably some local Saab customers have expressed concerns over the changes, but I’d like to take this opportunity to reassure people that Ness Motors will take care of all their motoring needs. We look forward to welcoming new and existing customers to Ness Motors and can assure you that all customers will receive the very highest level of care and service.”

Jonathan Nash, Managing Director of Saab GB, said: “I am delighted to welcome Ness Motors into our network of dealers. Ness Motors have a wealth of experience in the motor industry and will maintain the standards of excellence that our customers expect.”

Ness Motors Ltd was established in 1960 and has a long successful history in Inverness and across Scotland. The principals of honesty, reliability and justice are paramount in the way that they run their business and these are applied both to the people who work at the company and customers.

To find out more pop in to see Chris and the team at Ness Motors Ltd, 35 Harbour Road, Inverness or ring 01463 227416.

Saab 9-3 TTiD – Why 119g/km of CO2 matters

If you’re living outside of Europe, then you might be wondering exactly what all the fuss is about when it comes to Saab’s new low-emissions TTiD engine range.

Comparing the Saab TTiD with its low-emissions competition shows that this new engine range has lefted Saab into a super-competitive position in the European market. There are few, if any vehicles that offer the similar amounts of space, power and low CO2 emissions as the 9-3 Sport Sedan fitted with one of these updated TTiD engines. And they’re close to getting the SportCombi under the 120g/km threshold, too.

So why does all this matter?

Fleet News have done a review of the Saab 9-3 TTiD Sport Sedan and their writeup spells it out nicely:

In addition to the twin turbos, Saab has reduced friction in the engine, added low rolling resistance tyres, lightened the car by replacing the sound deadening material, improved the aerodynamics and altered the gear ratios.

It means the Saab now circumvents first year VED and costs just £30 per year thereafter.

It also means 62.8mpg.

And it will be music to fleet users’ ears that the 9-3 has dropped below the all-important 120g/km threshold for the first time (except Aero models). With that comes BIK tax at 13%…..

….The 180bhp diesel engine is a real cracker and the 9-3 balances responsive handling with pothole-smothering comfort. Tall gearing means it settles at low engine speed on the motorway, nice and quiet….

[The gearchange] and a cabin that’s starting to look its age now are the only real gripes; the 9-3 isn’t a benchmark car in any area, but nor does it feel a generation behind any more.

Verdict

In a nutshell, the 9-3 diesel is better and cheaper than it was before – and you can’t really ask much more than that.

Recommended reading.

Saab 9-5 road test

I’m not sure that Bedford Today is known as a motoring publication, but by my reading of this Saab 9-5 road test, I’d be happy to say that the people in the region are well served in the automotive department.

It’s not just that it’s a favourable test for the 9-5, it’s more because it’s a very fair test that covers a bit of history as well as the 9-5 itself.

The all new Saab 9-5 Saloon signals the start of a new era for the brand. Sleek, sophisticated and unmistakably Saab, it’s got stand-out looks as well as a fair smattering of advanced technologies and brings a fresh alternative choice to the premium saloon segment.

It seems Saab GB really might be sorting out their test car issues. As with the quick few words posted on EVO last week, this British writer seems to have a grand old time, albeit in the 220hp petrol vehicle.

The 2.0 litre 220hp petrol engine in our test car was the epitome of smoothness once first and second gear had been dispatched. Below that it proved difficult to iron out the fact that it was very eager to get up and running and hence eliminate jerky gearchanges.

No doubting the level of comfort though, which few can surpass.

OK, to be fair, there isn’t a whole lot about actually driving the car in this review, but it was driven and obviously left the writer in a very positive frame of mind, which is a wonderful thing.

Recommended reading.

Saab GB sales data – November 2010

It’s time for another round of Saab sales data, this time from the third of Saab’s three largest markets, Great Britain.

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November sales

There were 594 Saabs registered in GB during November. This is up 219% from the 186 that were registered in the same month in 2009.

So far in 2010, there have been 5,148 Saabs registered in GB, which is 28.27% down from the number registered YTD in 2009.

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This looks like a great result for November but I’m not popping the champagne corks without knowing what the numbers represent.

The US and GB are now on an unofficial caution list due to some history with getting dealers to register vehicles. These look like sales but don’t represent actual deliveries to customers.

Until I hear something different, it’s a cautious “well done” to everyone in the motherland.

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