Last post on Dec 06, 2013 at 7:58 AM
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BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37, Acura TL, Lexus IS 350, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac CTS, Volvo S60, Audi A4, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#16642 of 16984 Re: Drove it . . . [markcincinnati]
Sep 13, 2013 (7:37 am)
I can't remember if the "cause" is local or if all BMW dealers do what is done at one of the dealerships here in River City: About once a year (it could be more) I get an invitation in the mail, followed up with a voice mail message inviting my wife and me to test drive as many BMW's as we want (all in a single day).
That was the Susan G. Komen Ultimate Drive. It was an event done by corporate and is "feel good" marketing. AFAIK, BMW decided to stop funding the event back in 2010.
An outside company toured nationwide with a fleet of cars. The dealers paid to have the event stop at their store and they providesd food, sales people, et al.
#16643 of 16984 Re: Drove it . . . [robr2]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Sep 13, 2013 (10:02 am)
Yeah.. the whole flap with Planned Parenthood put the kibosh on that deal, I think... It almost killed the Komen organization..
It's too bad... I loved doing that event.. got to drive a lot of upscale models that I'll never be in the market for....
#16644 of 16984 Re: Drove it . . . [markcincinnati]
Sep 13, 2013 (11:49 am)
Mark I too took part in the same event, was able to drive some cool BMWs, this is where I fell in love with the 550. I liked the fact that no salesman was with you while driving the car but they had a "plan" route for you to take. BMW severed their relations with SGK and Ford pick it up for one year. AS you pointed out it was a great way to drive BMWs...
#16645 of 16984 Re: Drove it . . . [kyfdx@Edmunds]
Sep 13, 2013 (11:51 am)
Yeah.. the whole flap with Planned Parenthood put the kibosh on that deal, I think... It almost killed the Komen organization...
From what I found, BMW stopped the program back in 2010 - cut backs in marketing expenses due to the recession. The Planned Parenthood - Komen fiasco was 2012.
#16646 of 16984 Re: Drove it . . . [kyfdx@Edmunds]
Sep 13, 2013 (11:54 am)
BMW severed their relationship with SGK before the whole planned parent hood debacle. I had my own issues with SGK, just a tib bit, before a participant could do the 3 day walk, they HAD to raise a min of $2500... Which I thought was very unfair. There were other issues I had with the organization as a whole their corporate (politics) leaned towards women which I was not happy since men can get breast cancer too. I think BMW did the right thing to distance themselves from SGK... Now back to our typical of why we by the cars we do.
#16647 of 16984 There's a lot of reasons why
Sep 13, 2013 (1:50 pm)
I preferred the S4 over the TL -SH-AWD model, but one of the biggest was just simply that I preferred the looks and styling of the S4 inside and out to the plain Jane TL.
#16648 of 16984 Re: Drove it . . . [flightnurse]
Sep 13, 2013 (2:46 pm)
...just a tib bit, before a participant could do the 3 day walk, they HAD to raise a min of $2500...
Many fundraising events like the 3 Day have minimum commitments for fundraising. Here in MA, there is a biking event called the Pan Mass Challenge which raises money for the Jimmy Fund at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. It's a two day 110 mile ride and one must raise or commit to paying $4300 to participate - it goes to $5000 if you register late (there are shorter rides with lower fund raising commitments). They were the first charity event to have participants give them a credit card at registration. The founder isn't shy about it - trying to raise the amount isn't good enough.
Yet they get 5000 people regularly and have a goal of $38 million this year.
Part of having a minimum amount is to make sure participants are committed. It's a logistical nightmare to coordinate support for 5000 people over 110 miles. If people sign up and then drop out, they have too many resources. If too many people raise too little money, then the event might not make money.
#16650 of 16984 Re: BMW 335i, Infiniti Q50S, Cadillac ATS 3.6 and Lexus IS350 F-Sport compared! [empoweredbc]
Sep 15, 2013 (8:34 am)
Same message in Motor Trend comparo of the Q50 to the IS -- Infiniti just can't get no love.
On the other hand -- if Infiniti continues its practice of seriously subventing leases [on the Q50] -- the Q50 so priced per month, could be a value buy. The thing is the Q50 is still in the league that it is being compared with (and losing.)
I drove it (the Q), and yes I liked the IS more, but for a $120/month differential for 36 months with no money down, the Q50 could prove to be a good seller, good value, and selling well enough to allow the '15 or '16 to work out some of the complaints presented by the pros and amateurs (like us).
In any case, as I have said previously, Johan has his work cut out for him. Better tackle the M sooner rather than later, too. Of course only changing the name of the FX to QX70 seems a invite a sales slow-down there, too.
Of course, all of the above would seem to bode for increasingly more expensive IS prices.
Drive it like you live.
#16651 of 16984 Re: BMW 335i, Infiniti Q50S, Cadillac ATS 3.6 and Lexus IS350 F-Sport compared! [markcincinnati]
Sep 15, 2013 (4:12 pm)
Reading that article has opened my eyes - the caddy of the group comment wow. Agree the new naming stratigy is a disaster and will Prob hurt them for a few years. Stupid if you ask me- every car is called Q because 20 years ago they had a car that started the brand.
Pricing and discounts will tell the story- if you can get a Q for 10-15k less then 335 its prob a good deal and like mark said lets hope they fix alot of the problems for 15.
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