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#5240 of 6921 Re: Mark [markcincinnati]
Feb 21, 2005 (12:43 am)
You'll be happy to know that lease prices for the new A6 are starting to slowly come down. Audi financial has boosted the residual on the A6 at 36 months to about 57% from the prior 55%. The money factor is also lower. Also, if you have a previous Audi from 1998 MY on, there is a now a $1500 "customer loyalty" incentive if you lease from Audi. I believe this runs until May.
This may have something to do with the 18 A6's that are sitting on my dealer's lot! The people at Audi need to have their head examined. They are currently making the same mistake with the new A4. My salesman told me that the current lease rates are "ridiculously high" because they feel they can get away with it on a new car introduction. He feels that rates will come down in a few months, but during that time, aren't they losing customers?
I would also be interested in your opinion of my post on the "Luxury Performance Sedan" thread, regarding my very arrogant (and misinformed) Audi salesman. He didn't have a clue about the new M35/45 and told me that the new A4 would have the highest residual of ANY German car!
#5241 of 6921 Re: Audi Factory and Mgmt strategy [cstiles]
Feb 21, 2005 (12:55 am)
Very interesting post. Did they say anything about improving Audi's reliablity?
#5242 of 6921 Re: Audi Factory and Mgmt strategy [merc1]
Feb 21, 2005 (9:47 am)
Don't know about the new body style A6 as it will take time as a new model for data to come out.
But the A4 sedans/avants are back on consumer reports recommended list.
#5243 of 6921 Re: Audi Factory and Mgmt strategy [merc1]
Feb 21, 2005 (9:49 am)
No, we did not get into Audi's reliability. In fact, the engineers seemed to assume (smugly?) that reliability was not a problem globally or certainly in home markets. We did discuss some of the newest technology---drive by wire and direct injection, advanced anti-theft, new repair techniques and use of high tensile steel, new safety systems, alternative fuels, etc.
Close to 50% of Audis and other cars in Germany are diesels, so there was a disconnect when I asked them if Audi was heavily into fuel cell, hybrid, alternative fuel research. I don't think this is on German radar screens like it is with the Japanese. Could be a competitive disadvantage in 2-5 years, unless they catch up. If they are serious about China, Audi better start working on alternatives to gas and diesel.
Quick question on the $1500 Audi loyalty discount....is it only available on leases? I stopped leasing a few yrs back, and now only buy, and would be interested if there are incentives to someone who owns an Audi A4 3.0? I assume they are only trying to sweeten the pot for lessees??? An extra $1500 would help me more seriously consider the new A6. Something tells me that incentives will kick in this spring or summer based on the posts I'm reading.
#5245 of 6921 Re: Audi Factory and Mgmt strategy [cstiles]
Feb 21, 2005 (11:28 am)
The print out from the dealer said it was for leases and for special financing- I'm not sure what it's called but it's some sort of balloon payment thing (Audi Prefered?). Not on conventional payments, yet.
Feb 21, 2005 (2:22 pm)
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#5247 of 6921 Re: Audi Factory and Mgmt strategy [cstiles]
Feb 22, 2005 (10:01 pm)
For them not to be concerned about reliability is scary, this coming from a person that loves Audis. This further leads me to believe what I stated years ago, that Audi and VW of America don't have the full attention of their bosses back in Germany. It may not be a problem in Germany or other markets, I'm not so sure about that either, but either way it is a problem in one of their biggest markets...the U.S. Shocking. When looking at Audis I'm so taken by their design and details to the point where the only fly in the buttermilk is that nagging reliability stuff.
#5248 of 6921 Re: Audi Canyon Red [pat]
Feb 22, 2005 (10:25 pm)
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#5249 of 6921 Re: Audi Factory and Mgmt strategy [merc1]
Feb 23, 2005 (5:52 am)
It will be interesting to see how the new A6 stacks-up from a reliability standpoint. The A4 has improved reliability significantly and is currently recommended by Consumer Reports (talk about coming a long way)! I believe the new A6 will be an improvement, but I still believe it will fall far short of Acura/Lexus.