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Some of GM's European executives can sleep soundly these first few weeks of August, with Saab hitting record numbers in Europe, Chevrolet being up by 9.5 percent and overall sales in Eastern Europe growing a staggering 75 percent over July of 2005 on the performance of Chevy and Opel in the marketplace.

Opel/Vauxhall is also on track to make improvements the company promised in terms of market mix and quality of sales, according to a press release put out by GM Europe. The H3 is helping HUMMER sales in Europe, with the brand's numbesr having nearly quadrupled versus the first seven months of 2005, going from 269 to 983 units. Of course, that doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "up by 265 percent."

Opel/Vauxhall is still down a bit overall, which is impacting GM's overall market share in Europe. Cadillac is also down, thanks in part to the luke warm reception of the BLS sedan based on the Saab 9-3.

[Source: AutoSpectator]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I hate the Aveo. There, I said it. I never really liked Daewoo cars. I sure wish we'd get some more European cars in North America. I feel like we're 10 years behind them.


      • 8 Years Ago
      GM seems to be doing well all over the globe but in the US. Hopefully we will see an expanded SAAb line of vehicles in the States. I am particulary interested in the E85 and diesel tech.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aveo sales make sense because it's cheap to run. Saab's improved sales are a mystery unless they're being heavily discounted.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the idea of them going back to the wrap around windshield! One of the design elements that made saab a saab.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm on my 3rd Saab. Nothing beats the combination that Saabs have of efficiency, safety, performance, handling and practicality. A test drive in a 1997 Saab 900 made me an impulse shopper, (something which I'm not), and I found a way to lease one even though it was beyond my means. I don't regret it. I can fit two mountain bikes in the back with ease and after 120,000 miles, I just detailed it and it looks spectacular.

      You can see pictures of it on my blog here...

      My 2006 9-3 SportCombi is not as unique but it is more efficient, handles better, goes faster, and is safer. There are few other brands I would consider buying besides Saab and with the recent sales increases, it looks like word is spreading.
      • 8 Years Ago
      " Give us the E85 9-5 here in the US!!! Or at least the diesel.
      On SAAB #2, starting to shop for #3. Let's get those US sales figures up too :)"

      I agree completely, why can't they follow what they are doing there and work it out here?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Give us the E85 9-5 here in the US!!! Or at least the diesel.
      On SAAB #2, starting to shop for #3. Let's get those US sales figures up too :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Glad that Saab sales are improving, but it's been a bust for GM and that's too bad.

      My brother had 2 Saabs: a '59 and a '64. Both had the 3 cylinder, 2 cycle engine and those cars drove very well.

      Saabs of that ear were solid cars and much more interesting than the ubiquitous VW Bug.

      But the Saabs rusted away in Cleveland where the streets are salted in the winter. A heavy undercoat of tar or some other goop soon pulled away from the underside of the fenders to form pockets where salt and mud accumulated. After 3 years there was nothing left of those cars.

      Turned out that undercoat which was supposed to be protective ended up destroying those excellent cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
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      This thing is a rocket ship combined with the feeling of a tank.

      Check the safety ratings and the insurance premiums.

      My first Saab was a project car, bought back in 80s when Detroit offered nothing interesting at all. Saab attracted me with the thrilling acceleration of the turbo combined with the HUMUNGOUS cargo capacity of the hatch. Having owned a Volvo for 11 years, I was familiar with brick-like solidity, exceptional steel and paint, and the feeling of security and extremely comfortable seats.

      Click 'n Clack say on their website that Porsches and Saabs have high-high repeat purchase ratings. Having owned 2, I will buy another.