Saab Swedish sales data – April 2011

Now we have the proof. 4 weeks of no production have an effect on the number of sold cars.

Sweden has sold in April 2011 only 560 cars. It is still more than in 2010, where Saab sold 528, but compared to the almost 900 of last month it is a low value.

YTD Saab has sold 2.626 cars, compared to 1.648 last year it is an increase of almost 60%.
For an increase of 100% over the last year Saab should have sold about 1.200 cars.

The split is:
April: 433 (330 in 2010)
YTD: 2033 (991 in 2010)

April: 128 (198 in 2010)
YTD: 593 (657 in 2010)

Safe to buy a Saab in Sweden

Vi Bilägare today posted a summary of the potential pitfalls of buying a Saab in case the sky is falling.

First up they cover the warranties:

The warranty is a contract between the buyer and the resaler. This is entirely independent on whether Saab continues its existance or not.

Second issue is spare parts:

Among the most important assets that will befall the government should Saab not be able to repay the EIB loan is the spare parts business supplying parts to the 1.5 million Saabs rolling around all over the world. It will remain a profitable business for at least ten years, which translates to good availiability of parts for the consumer

The third issue discussed is the second hand value:

For Swedish business customers, this has been solved by the dealers who now guarantee the residual values. For private buyers there exists no such guarantee. But we must keep in mind that it was the OG 9-5, a completely outdated model that was struck the hardest during last years residual value turbulence. The residual values of the new 9-5, especially the new combi shipping this summer, will most likely stand more firm in a worst case scenario.

So, in conclusion: If you really want to make sure you have everything covered, then just buy an extra Saab.

“It was because of Saab” – Rob and Leah

A weekly feature where we invite you the SU readers to tell us your stories.

A story about how you met your partner or lifelong friend– was it because of Saab? If you can think of anything that happened in your life because of Saab, we want to hear about it.

If you have a story you would like to tell, email it to the SU crew for publication. Send a few pictures along and we will publish it so the whole SaabsUnited community can have a read.

This weeks story comes from Rob and Leah.

Read more“It was because of Saab” – Rob and Leah

Saab Swedish sales data – March 2011

The sales data for Saab in the Swedish market are out.

Saab sold in March 888 cars (388 in March 2010)

Those can be splited in 708 9-3 (6th this month, 7th YTD) up from 224 in March. 2010 and 180 9-5 up from 164 in March 2010.

The 9-3 is going strong, and when the first SC < 119g hit the market it will be able to reach the 1000 units. The 9-5 is doing well, but it needs the SC to really be able to sell more units. The 9-3 TTiD SS sub 120g was sold 222 times in March, which means the 12th most sold "green" car in Sweden. Saab was able to sell more TTiD SS sub 120g than E85 models this month.

Diesel car sales evolution in Sweden and its consequences

During the last few days BILSweden has made public 2 statistics that may not seem related to each other, but in fact they are linked to another.

The first has the title:
Sex av tio nya bilar är dieslar i Västra Götalands län
(Six out of ten new cars are diesles in the Västra Götalands region)

It talks about how the sales of diesel cars have increased over the last years.

Diesel and E85 car sales increased from 2006 till 2008 while petrol(Bensin) sales decreased accordingly. But from 2008 diesel cars became more interesting (maybe because oil prices reached it’s maximum of about 140$ per barrel that year).

Since then diesel sales dominate the field reaching the current 60% value, not only in that region but in the whole country.

The increase of diesel sales helped Sweden reduce its CO2 emissions from new cars.

– The sharp increase in diesel share, not least of diesels with emissions of 120 grams per km, has been a major contributing factor to the average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars has fallen by 20 percent during the past four years, “said Bertil Molden president of CAR Sweden.

But today a new statistic has been published.

Koldioxidutsläppen från nya bilar lägre än vad de officiella värdena visar
(Carbon dioxide emissions from new cars are lower than the official values ​​show)

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As we can see the official values decrease, while the “fair” values, which take into account the difference between fossil fuels and renewable fuels, reached a minimum in 2009.

The official method does not take into account whether the fuels are fossil or renewable. For example, counts as ethanol gasoline and bio-gas as natural gas, which overstates the actual emissions. The official value of new cars carbon dioxide emissions, which Transport Agency has reported to the European Commission, declined from 164 grams / km during 2009-151 g / km in 2010, which is a record decrease for one year. The fair value, taking into account the lower emissions from biofuels was under BIL Sweden calculations on largely unchanged, in 2010, 134 g / km. The reason that the fair value did not decline was a decline in the proportion of newly registered passenger cars of ethanol, due to uncertainty about the benefit of these cars after 1 January 2012.

I hope diesel gets a little bit more expensive during this year, maybe then people will start reconsidering E85 once again, and the Swedish politicians will leave E85 cars as “green cars” for another couple of years.


Saab Swedish sales data – February 2011

The sales data for Saab in the Swedish market are out.

Saab sold in February 707 cars (525 in Feb. 2010)

Those can be splited in 570 9-3 (6th this month, 9th YTD) up from 337 in Feb. 2010 and 137 9-5 down from 188 in Feb.2010 (in February 2010 Saab was selling the last Dame Ednas SC).

It looks good for the 9-3, but the 9-5 still needs the sales figures from the SC.

The 9-3 TTiD SS sub 120g was sold 130 times in February, which means the 11th most sold “green” car in Sweden

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