We know Spkyer has a lot on its plate these days, but perhaps one of the first things it should add to its “to-do” list is to restart Saab’s production lines. According to the Associated Press, there are only 500 new Saabs in stock at dealers across the U.S.
“That number should probably be 5000,” Jan Acke Jonsson, Saab’s CEO, told the AP.
Although demand for Saabs continued to falter in 2009 — the automaker sold only 39,000 cars globally — the low inventory stems largely from the wind-down activities instigated by GM prior to Spyker’s purchase. Numerous promotions were crafted to help clear out 2009 inventory; at one point, it was possible for GM employees and family members to shave nearly $12,000 off the cost of a 2009 9-3 2.0T XWD sedan.
Jonsson says Saab production will resume shortly, and it will ship the first units to the U.S. “in a couple of weeks.” Those cars will likely be 9-3s — so too will roughly 60 percent of the 50,000-60,000 cars Saab plans on building in 2010.
Source: AP via Detroit News