SAN FRANCISCO -- Saab Cars North America forecasts U.S. sales of 15,000 to 20,000 vehicles this year.
Saab executives revealed the prediction at the make meeting, according to dealers who attended.
Last year Saab's U.S. sales totaled 5,445 units, down 37 percent from 2009. Spyker Cars NV bought Saab from General Motors in February 2010. The brand's top-selling year was 1986, when it sold 48,181 vehicles.
Saab told dealers the sales gains will come from the 9-4X crossover that arrives in May, the 9-5 sedan that went on sale last year and the 9-3. The redesigned 9-5 wagon will arrive this fall.
Dealers also were told the redesigned 9-3 sedan will go on sale late this year or early next year.
Saab showed images of 16 vehicles being considered for the model line. Dealers at the meeting say there was a hatchback model that might be a 9-3 variant. It had a Porsche-like rear with a fin, one dealer said.
Another vehicle was a sports car.
"I saw it and said, 'Wow, now that's a Saab!'" said Lynn Thompson, general manager of Saab of Southwest Missouri in Springfield, Mo.
Saab also told dealers it wants to rebuild the dealer network, possibly adding established dealers who perform well with other brands.
Saab will send kits to dealers this week for a promotion called "Independence Day," which celebrates the brand's one-year anniversary since Spyker bought Saab from GM.
Some dealers were lukewarm to the promotion, which is largely advertising. "We'll see what's in the kit," Thompson said. "I want more incentives. I want good lease prices."