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Volvo in top gear as Saab stuck in reverse

TT/The Local · 16 Apr 2010, 16:08

Published: 16 Apr 2010 16:08 GMT+02:00

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Volvo sales climbed by 30.3 percent in Europe in March while the market as a whole increased by 11.1 percent.

Saab's outlook darkened however with March figures showing a collapse of 54.7 percent on already very low March 2009 figures.

Saab Automobile distinguished itself only as the car brand in Europe which declined the most.

The Acea statistics show a clear indication that sales statistics are rebounding, for many brands. Among those falling are several Japanese brands, including Toyota which fell 13.7 percent in March 2010 in comparison with the corresponding period of last year.

Volvo sold 27,021 cars in March and increased its market share from 1.4 percent to 1.6 percent.

Saab sold a mere 2,049 cars in March, less than half the 4,521 sold in the corresponding period of last year and the firm has now declined to a market share of only 0.1 percent.

Ford increased sales by 18.1 percent to 171,122 cars in March in comparison with March 2009 and now enjoy a market share of 10.2 percent in Europe. This figure is the same as for Volkswagen, dropping from 10.4 percent despite a sales hike of 9.3 percent during the month. VW just nudged ahead of Ford by 482 cars to 171,604 and therefore retained top spot.

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Volkswagen remained dominant even over the full first quarter with 405,254 cars sold, in comparison with Ford's 349,233 cars.

Volvo sold 59,863 cars over the period, 21 percent more than the same period last year. Saab sold 3,972 cars, down 57.4 percent in comparison with January-March 2009.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:11 April 16, 2010 by ingka
didn't saab just restarted production recentely ? Pretty hard to sell cars if you can't deliver them, because you haven't produced any ... or ?
04:05 April 17, 2010 by repat_xpat

If you read my posts, I'm not a big fan of SAAB, nor do I really believe in its future. All though I do empathize with its workers and engineers (not the leaders who killed it). Even in my eyes, this article is pure BS. You are totally right, SAAB has cut production and delayed the release if its great 9-5 to manage the transition. This coupled with the uncertainty of the transition is the source of the sales drop, not SAAB cars.
09:45 April 18, 2010 by spy
This is a stupid article (and the headline is completely inane) of course Saab's sales are down. Prior to be being bought by Spyker less than 2 months ago Saab's factory was shut, they were effectively in liquidation and there was zero customer confidence.... But things have move on since then: A new owner, a production restart which will slowly build up stocks at the dealerships and there are some exciting cars on the way.

Conversely Volvo's sales have been OK so far but going forward how will people like the fact that they now have a Chinese owner who has stated that it will double sales in a matter of years?? I am pretty sure that this expectation is naive and unrealistic and that there are a few customers who are not keen on the fact that there seems to be alot of mixed messages coming from Volvo and Geely's management at the moment..
17:34 April 18, 2010 by rahpor
Wow, what is this about? Writing down loads of nonsense by abusing statistics? Even a child can figure out these numbers might be correct, but not related to each other in any way
18:39 April 18, 2010 by Bensonradar
Well, at least Saab can sell some more Gripen's to Romania.
10:01 April 19, 2010 by JoeR
In Australia and the USA the Dealers could not get finance to buy stock and to lease their cars. In the USA 60% of SAAB's where bought on lease so the GFC effectivley crippled SAAB. Now production has restarted and dealers have finance the cars will sell. I also own a Volvo and none of this happened to Volvo, so there is no comparsion between the two!

Cheers, Joe
17:19 April 19, 2010 by Byggare Bob
Anyone with even a peripheral grasp of the English language can see that these two firms are considered in the same article because they are Swedish and make cars.

The article clearly does not claim that the sales of Saab and Volvo have a causal link.

Yes there are reasons for Saab's poor sales figures, but anyone who has kept even a cursory check on The Local or any number of other newspapers over the past 6-8 months will be aware of that and surely does not need it rehashed here.

At some point Saab needs to be treated like any other car company, perhaps that time is now - enough excuses, stop complaining and get on with it Saab-Spyker..
21:09 April 19, 2010 by spy
This article was written by lazy journalists to excite stupid people like you.
20:30 April 20, 2010 by Coalbanks
Reply to spy: Thank you for putting us in our places, master.
01:06 April 21, 2010 by repat_xpat
Spy is true to form. Even when he has a good point (which is rare), he invalidates himself by resorting to insults.
13:22 April 21, 2010 by spy
Well if you wont address me directly with your comments then I wont you...

repat_xpat claims to be an ex-Saab employee to validate his usually negative comments (another fantasist on TL perhaps?). Let's suppose he was actually an employee at some point, looking at his previous comments it is very likely that he was a disgruntled 'foot-soldier' within the organisation. And this would explain why he is usually so scathing and biased.
04:24 May 9, 2010 by repat_xpat
Excellent comeback Spy! I love your miss-quotes. Defamation, slander, libel are illegal in many countries. Don't worry though, I won't prosecute, your writing testifies for your character, leaving no need to counter (guess I just did, but it was fun).
11:56 May 10, 2010 by spy

Slander is spoken not written.

Defamation comes about only when something is proven false.

It is the state that prosecutes and not an individual.
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