A few days ago, I asked the readers, where they see an alternative to the brand Saab. And whether they drive exclusively with a Saab through everyday life, or whether their mobility is spread over several brands. The result is in parts surprising and clear on a scale that I did not expect.
High Saab exclusivity
8 years ago the production lines in the Stallbacka came to a standstill. Saab last delivered quantities in 2008. The average vehicle age is over 10 years, so it's exciting to see how high the Saab exclusivity is. 648 readers voted, and almost half drive a Saab exclusively. A high value that stands for incredible brand loyalty. You will probably find more than just a car from Trollhättan in the carport with this group. After all, every 10th person no longer drives a Saab, every 20th would like to drive one, which means that the proportion of readers without a Saab is 14%.
Saab drive exclusively. Or not?
- I drive Saab. And only Saab! (49% 315 Votes)
- Saab and another make. (37% 240 Votes)
- At the moment I'm not driving Saab anymore. (9% 61 Votes)
- I would like to drive Saab. (5% 32 Votes)
Total Voters: 648
Is Volvo the alternative to Saab?
While the first part of me Vote Unsurprisingly, the second part is tough. 620 readers cast 840 votes, multiple answers were possible. Volvo took the victory very confidently, with a share that would put some people's party in ecstasy in the elections. Due to a technical error, it was not possible to vote for Volvo in the first 90 minutes of the vote, many votes ended up with “other brands”. There will have been one or the other vote for the provider from Gothenburg, so that the Volvo share is a little higher.
For me, the result is a real surprise. First, because the German suppliers except BMW look extremely pale. And second, because the vote for Volvo is so clear.
Alternatives to Saab? Which make do Saab drivers prefer?
- Volvo (32% 276 Votes)
- Other brand (13% 110 Votes)
- BMW (8% 67 Votes)
- Japanese manufacturer (7% 60 Votes)
- Mercedes (5% 48 Votes)
- Audi (5% 44 Votes)
- Tesla (4% 36 Votes)
- Citroen (4% 36 Votes)
- Skoda (4% 34 Votes)
- VW (3% 28 Votes)
- Peugeot (3% 27 Votes)
- Opel (3% 26 Votes)
- Korean manufacturer (3% 24 Votes)
- Porsche (2% 16 Votes)
- Ford (1% 10 Votes)
- Renault (1% 10 Votes)
- Seat (1% 9 Votes)
- Mini (1% 7 Votes)
- Smart (1% 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 620
Is Volvo really the alternative to Saab? We almost inevitably come to an old topic. For years, Mark and I have been discussing the option of whether Volvo would be an additional topic for the blog. At first glance, reasons are obvious. Mark has had good experiences with Volvo, both brands combine origin and history, in the scene there are overlaps.
Is Volvo a topic for the blog?
Between Volvo and Saab there were always rivalries and a not always obvious cooperation. For the other Swedish brand work more former Saab employees than at NEVS, a former Saab development chief influences the model range. In Germany, the Volvo press chief has a Saab past, and it could find even more starting points. Volvo has been on the road to success in recent years, but is still a small supplier in the automotive world and therefore an alternative to the mainstream.
However, in my view, there is a weighty argument against it, and that is why the oldest Swedish brand has not been discussed here so far. I like Volvo, no question, it's more the older vehicles, and there's quite personal sympathy for Gothenburg. Maybe I even have a Volvo as a company car, if the local dealer at least could give some enthusiasm for his product.
But Volvo has always been the bigger brand, and the Saab themes would probably only be in the minority on the blog in a short time. Volvo dominant, Saab second row, that can not exist. Saab, mixed with the topics around everything that happens in Trollhättan and the former factory, are in my eyes an exciting base. Do the readers see it that way?
Is Volvo a topic for the blog?
- No, everything should stay as it is! (56% 254 Votes)
- Yes, there comes together what is Swedish! (34% 156 Votes)
- I really can not decide! (10% 44 Votes)
Total Voters: 454
Voting is a democratic instrument and therefore always associated with risks. An island separated from Europe by the English Channel and the North Sea is still struggling with the unexpected outcome of such an event. So a tricky story, even if I'm actually pretty sure about the outcome. How will the readers decide?