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Author: Robert Wilson
Publication: The Australian
Date: November 17, 2004

Abstract: SAAB Australia boss Tony Jennett, pictured, will leave the local importer when it is integrated into Holden on January 1. He said running Saab as part of General Motors meant the job would change and it was time to move on.

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SAAB Australia boss Tony Jennett, pictured, will leave the local importer when it is integrated into Holden on January 1. He said running Saab as part of General Motors meant the job would change and it was time to move on.

We've been used to running our own operation with quite a large degree of autonomy and flexibility. I'm sure that's going to be handled in a different way in a larger organisation, Jennett said.

With the changing business model and global position of the company, things have to change. For me it's time to move on and find something else.

Jennett said his four years running Saab had been interesting but difficult. Under his tenure Saab sales increased by 10 per cent to 2778 in 2001 but have fallen away dramatically, reaching just 2152 in 2003. This year sales are running 9 per cent behind last year. Saab's best year in Australia was 1997, when 3234 were sold.

It's a challenging brand with a product portfolio that's not been as large as our competitors' and that's probably not going to change in the short term in this market, he said.

Reliance on passenger cars as buyers increasingly turned to SUVs and crossover vehicles had hurt Saab. It's just a fact of life that people are looking for different types of vehicle and we're not able to compete at the moment.

Long-time Holden executive Ralph Stevenson takes over as Saab director.
 
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