Saab's quarterly sales more than double

image captionSaab is continuing its efforts to boost sales

The number of Saab cars sold in the last three months of 2010 was more than double a year earlier, the carmaker's Dutch owner Spyker has said.

A total of 11,448 Saab cars were sold worldwide between October and December, up 129% from the same period in 2009, and 31% higher than July-September.

For 2010 as a whole, 31,696 Saab cars were sold globally.

In October, Spyker was forced to downgrade its full-year Saab sales target, blaming supply chain issues.

It said it had hoped to sell 45,000 Saab cars in 2010, but cut this to between 30,000 and 35,000 after it said it had had to rebuild Sweden-based Saab's supply base following its purchase of the company from US giant General Motors.

Saab is now expanding its dealer network in China and Russia, and Saab chief executive Jan Ake Jonsson said earlier this week that he was confident the company could keep up its "current sales momentum".

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