With Saab entering its second year as an independent company, leading industry analysts CAP have reported that residual values for saab's best selling models are improving.
For example the residual value for the Saab 9-3 1.9 litre Turbo Edition diesel Saloon has risen £1000 during the last 10 months.
Jeff Knight, Monitor Editor at CAP, said: "The rise in forecast values for the Saab 9-3 over the last ten months has been driven by an increased confidence in the brand; allied to an improved product content creating a better future used car."
With CO2 emissions of just 119g/km in combination with the 180hp variant, the Saab 9-3 Saloon and SportWagon are within the lowest diesel benefit in kind taxation band (13 per cent) for company car drivers. Recently, the specification has been improved with Bluetooth phone connectivity, Leather upholstery and heated front seats are fitted as standard on all models.
Sales have increased by 73.5 per cent in quarter one compared to the same quarter last year, Saab is also expanding its corporate sales team with the appointment of Michael Cutts as Corporate Sales Manager in the North. His role is to establish contact with user chooser fleets with the objective to place Saab products on choice lists and also to develop relationships in the independent contract hire and leasing industry.
"These rising residual values show that Saab is moving swiftly in the right direction," says Paul Adler, Saab GB’s General Manager, Corporate Sales. "This significant trend is due to a number of factors: greater confidence in the brand, improved specifications offering greater value, and a competitive advantage in terms of CO2 emissions for our best-selling models.
"With more new products to come later this year, such as 9-5 SportWagon and 9-4X crossover, Saab is in good shape to continue its renaissance."
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