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Saab claims premium title

Saab is claiming the title of the fastest growing premium brand as August saw it achieve record sales.

With the overall UK new car market down 2.3%, Saab saw its registrations rise by almost 70% compared to the previous year.

With the exception of Aston Martin, Saab was the fastest-growing car brand in the UK in August.

Year-to-date sales, at just short of 17,000 cars, were 42% higher than the 11,865 cars it sold in the corresponding period in 2004.

Demand for the 9-3 Sport Saloon fuelled the August surge in new car sales with registrations of that model increasing by 168% last month compared to the previous year.

Jonathan Nash, Saab Great Britain managing director, said: "2005 has been a superb year for Saab in so many ways. Not only have we achieved phenomenal year-on-year sales growth for every month of 2005, compared to 2004 – which was itself one of Saab's best-ever years in the UK since imports began in 1960 – but this growth has come from every single model across the Saab range."

  • For sales data by manufacturer in August click here.
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