Saab GB dealers gearing up for celebration

All you Saab fans in Great Britain should set aside some time next weekend to get along to your local dealer and show some support.
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Saab GB dealers will be having a sales event following on from the completion of the Spyker purchase – expected next week – and I’m sure these dealers who have done it tough for the last year or so would appreciate some smiling faces and some encouragement.
They’d probably appreciate a few sales to kick things off under new ownership, too, and there will be some sales campaigns running on various new and Approved Used models.
I won’t give any more away than that. There’s a Swade cupi doll somewhere in the Saab GB offices and it’s probably having its wrists broken right now.
But please do make sure you set aside some time to say G’day at your local Saab forecourt – and if you’re in the market then this would be a perfect opportunity to get on board the Independence Train.

Saab GB Autumn sale this weekend

If you’re in the UK and in the market for an excellent bit of value, then you might want to check out Saab’s Autumn sale. It’s on this weekend, the 20th to the 23rd of November.
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The big attraction at this autumn sale is the chance to save £5,900 on a new Saab 9-5 Turbo Edition Estate 2.3T. The big estate is going for just £19,995. That’s around $40grand Australian and for that you get a fully loaded 9-3 wagon including the stonking 260hp engine.
That’s actually quite unbelievable.
There’s also a number of approved, used Saab 9-3 TiD’s available in Vector trim for £14,495.
Here’s where to click.

Saab UK sales data – September 2009

Sales data from the Great Britain has arrived and it’s fair to say that it was a relatively good month for Saab GB.
Along with the data, I received a little behind the scenes information about the real numbers behind the numbers.
To the data first:
Saab GB sold 1,093 vehicles in September. That’s a 50% fall on the same month last year, but those figures made the British market Saab’s biggest market in September. Bear in mind, though, that sales trends in Britain tend to make September and March very big months as new registration plates are made available.
Still, there’s some good information underlying those numbers.

  1. The Saab 9-3x is starting to arrive on British Saab dealer forecourts and is starting to get some traction in the market. One guy I’ve been talking to has been driving it for a few weeks and like me, has been very impressed with it. This is a seriously good vehicle.
  2. Whilst the numbers are 50% down at face value, Saab GB are quietly delighted with them as the number of private registrations included in that figure is up 100% compared with 2008. That’s huge. They also beat their internal targets by around 25%.

So a hearty “good show” to the people at Saab GB. This company can have a future.

British preview of 2010 Saab 9-5 in October

Have you got your invitation yet?
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Saab GB are hosting a preview event for registered customers and I’ve just received a few copies of the invitation email in my inbox.
If you’re not on the list, I’d suggest you get in touch with your dealer and see how you might get your name on the list.
The preview nights will be on October 16 and 17 at a venue in Farnborough. ‘Authentic Swedish refreshments’ will be provided.

Is the TX Edition Saab 9-3 the best value Saab ever?

I just prompted to this one by our old mate and Saab author, Lance Cole. As I had a closer look at it, I figured it was possibly the best new car value I’d seen from Saab.
I should say right here at the start that this stuff is from the Saab GB website and may or may not be applicable to other markets. You’d have to check your local Saab site.
A few years ago, Saab released some 60th anniversary models that were snapped up like hotcakes and were widely regarded as representing excellent value. I haven’t compared those to these TX editions, but with the availability of the TTiD engine and the TX pack, all for less than the standard 9-3 price, it’s pretty compelling.
The TX package builds on the “Turbo Edition” cars that Saab are selling at the moment.
The Turbo Edition model in the UK see you get the following kit as standard:

  • Leather seats
  • Climate control
  • 5 Spoke 17″ alloy wheels
  • Heated front seats
  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking assistance
  • CD player with MP3 compatibility

Upgrade further to the TX edition and you get a bunch of Turbo-X inspired goodies added into the bargain:

  • Aero front bumper
  • titanium finish grille
  • front fog light surrounds
  • special 17″ 5-spoke alloy wheels
  • perforated leather sport steering wheel
  • carbon fibre effect decor
  • carpet floor mats with grey edge piping

img_TXPack_304x173.jpg The alloys that come on the TX edition are the ones I have pictured at left, and they look absolutely sensational. The other trim pieces etc are all subtle inclusions, but add up to a very classy looking package.
Fancy floor mats? I hear you saying. Well, go and price some really good ones and you’ll see that that particular small part of this package is actually worth some reasonable coin.
Let me put it this way – when you’re a Monte Carlo owner who really wants a Viggen, you realise how much it costs to upgrade the various bits and pieces necessary o do the job. It ain’t cheap.
The best part about this TX edition is the price. I can’t see a specific price for a TTiD version, but the “Turbo Edition” with the TTiD engine is priced at £20,495.00 OTR, which is exceptionally good.
The only TX edition price I can see is the 1.8t price, which has a £500 price premium over the base Turbo Edition.
Theoretically then, applying the same difference to the TTiD car, you may well be able to get a TTiD version with the TX package for under 21K, which is bordering on insane!
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When you consider the next TTiD model up the range is the Vector Sport at over £25K, this really does look like a pretty good package.
You can check all the TX edition details at the Saab Offers page for Great Britain.

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