Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 08:21:38 +0100
From: Peter Thompson <pt229nopsamac.uk>
Subject: Re: UK new SAAB prices prospects?


Andrew Stephenson wrote: > > I expect this will only interest UK owners but all input welcome. > > On Monday 12 June, UK Minister Stephen Byers (sp?) announced what > our government feels should be done about UK new car prices being > so much higher than on the continent. Car makers had 30 days in > which to react, then he plans to issue edicts. > > Has anyone seen indications that SAAB-GB will drop prices? Until > recently, they and their dealers (or at least, Sabers of Norwich) > have refused to entertain any further fall. Okay, this would be > part of the bidding strategy in the Great Poker Game, but sooner > or later they will have to stop pratting about. Opinions? I think it is difficult to say. Are there any price comparisons available between UK and European Saab prices? It is only the price difference that is the issue, and it is difficult to see how the government could legislate to force price reductions. Of course dealerships are not going to say that prices will drop further because then everyone will hang on. I suspect that they are going at least to try and get the August rush out of the way at least before they drop prices further. Certainly it would be nice to think that one could get an 'entry-level' (sorry) Saab 9-3 for 12-13000. Suddenly it becomes almost (but not quite) affordable. I wonder what effect it would have on second-hand resale values? As we all know, Saabs take a hell of a dive once they hit the road - I can't imagine they would drop further. best, Pete ('85 900i) -- Peter Thompson Computer Manager Emmanuel College Cambridge

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