DETROIT – Saab Automobile says the weak U.S. dollar cost the brand sales of as many as 5,000 vehicles during 2004, contributing significantly to its falloff in the U.S. Saab delivered 38,159 vehicles in the U.S. last year, a 20.4% decline from 2003. “We could have sold more cars (in the U.S.), but we decided in April that due to the currency situation…to back off volumes to optimize more profits in the year,” Saab President and CEO Peter Augustsson tells Ward’s. “From a financial ...

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