IMPORTANT NEWS: National Electric Vehicle Sweden has agreed to buy the assets of Saab Automobile and the sale is expected to be finalized during the summer.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Interview with Saab UK chief

The UK is one of Saab's biggest markets, and so far this year the UK has actually been the biggest market with 2,857 cars sold from January to April. But compared to the heyday a few years back, even the UK has a big job to do with the sales to be back where Saab belongs. Earlier this year managing director of Saab, Jonathan Nash, took on the role as regional director responsible for market development, sales and aftersales in Europe. Charles Toosey was appointed as his replacement in the UK. Now just-auto has done an interview with Mr. Toosey.

Charles Toosey, Managing director of Saab UK

Here's an excerpt from the interview:

j-a: What has the feedback been from your 62 UK dealers during the stoppage and what sort of volumes are you looking at?
CT: People are continuing to come into our dealers - the momentum is still there but is definitely lower since we got a production block [but] 15,000 cars is a very realistic ambition.

We will have to wait a few more months to see if the goal of selling 15,000 Saabs in 2011 is doable. But in the coming days we will get to see how the stop has affected the sales in May. Expect Sweden's sales figures today and the UK and the USA during the coming days. It will be very interesting!

Check out the whole interview at just-auto.