TOKYO - Sales targets in Japan for the 1999 model year have been raised for Saab and lowered for Porsche.
Saab importer and distributor Yanase & Co. set a sales target of 3,500 cars for the October 1998 to September 1999 model year.
That would be up 58 percent from the 2,218 sold in the prior 12 months, which was itself a 288 percent increase from the prior year. Saab posted its best month ever in Japan in September, when it sold 322 cars.
Separately, Porsche Japan set a sales target of 1,900 for the 1999 model year, up from about 1,700 sold in the 1998 model year.
The goal is down, however, from the target of 2,500 cars in 1999 that Porsche set for itself at the time of the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show.
'The recession of today was not anticipated at that time,' said Porsche Japan spokesman Taiga Arase.
Porsche's model year technically starts in August and ends in July, but 1999 models went on sale in Japan on Oct. 24. Sales in the 1998 model year also were hampered by a lingering dispute between Porsche Japan and the former importer-distributor of Porsche cars in Japan, Mizwa Motors Corp.