Once a year, the Federal Motor Transport Authority publishes the current stock figures. My anxious gaze then goes to Flensburg, combined with the question of how we keep ourselves? The good part of the message: we brace ourselves! The bad part: A model dramatically loses its stock.
After 2011, there were forecasts that the Saab population would decrease by 10% per year in the future. The prediction never came true, Saab regularly disappointed. And the raging discussion about diesel and driving bans did not have the feared effects. From 46.719 vehicles as of January 1, 2018, the number fell within one year by 5.1% to 44.345 registered cars with the Greif. The backbone of the stock continues to be the Saab 9-3 I and 9-3 II with 32.253 vehicles. Their stock was reduced by almost 1.500 vehicles within a year.
And the 9-5 series with 8.241 vehicles and a decline of just under 700 cars are doing well for their age. On the other hand, it looks dramatically different. When the blog project started, there were still 5.000 Saab 9000 on the streets of Germany via 1.752. In the meantime, the first big Saab has become a rarity. The stock of CC and CS has shrunk to 900 vehicles, which may be called dramatic. Even the classic 9 has more vehicles than the XNUMXk, and the development did not come as a surprise.
Adieu Saab 9000!
Sure, the 9000 is not as emotional as a 900. It is a large sedan, not a convertible and also not a coupe. Which is already unfavorable for his future prognosis. Doubly a shame, because it was the ultimate technology carrier from Trollhättan and the only Saab, in whose realization the engineers were allowed to exercise all their freedom. The 9000 stands for the brand essence, always objectively subdued - consistently following the principle that form must always be subordinate to function.
There is little consolation that luxury sedans from other brands are going the same way. In the last few years they, too, have disappeared into export somewhere, where they are valued and have a second life as a useful means of transport. In a few years, the 9k stock will have leveled off at less than 1.000 vehicles that are in enthusiast hands. He's in good company with the big Jaguars, BMWs and other brands. Saab's first contribution to the upper class will then only be seen at meetings and will no longer take place in public. The undeserved end to a great career, because the 9000 was essential for the brand's survival in the 80s and 90s, and all successor models participated in its innovations.
Statistics by key numbers
For the first time this year, the Federal Motor Transport Authority offers free access to one detailed statistics divided according to key numbers. Good news from the authorities, she saves future individual inquiries. On the one hand, the statistic is surprising, because one realizes that there are still vehicles from the long-forgotten Belgian Saab production on the way. And frustrating, because of ours Anna project, an 9000 2.3t, 76 vehicles are currently registered. The 2.3t was after the 2.0t the most popular model of the upper class of Göta Älv.