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Buick LaCrosse, Sedan
#1861 of 2335 Re: 2006 models [exalteddragon1]
Aug 06, 2005 (7:00 am)
GM is upping the premium image on the LaCrosse/Buick's. They did not lower the base price to the new "value" pricing strategy. In fact the base price increased $100, but is offset with about $1000 in increased content of ABS and Side air bags. They also put leather on the shifter on the CX and made available more premium equipment on the cloth car. Other GM cars such as Chevys dropped their prices. Then again the LaCrosse only had $1000 in incentives while the Chevys had $3000.
Buick is also greatly limiting the fleet penetration to increase resale value.
This non value pricing shows GM is allowing the Buick volume to stay at a lower level and not go after high volume like the Chevrolet brand. Over time hopefully Buick will earn back their premium position of old.
Aug 06, 2005 (1:34 pm)
There are not a lot of LaCrosse / Allure rentals that I have seen. They seem to be sticking more with Malibus and Impalas which is indeed good news.
#1863 of 2335 Re: ya.. [vanman1]
Aug 07, 2005 (3:50 am)
I don't understand the negativity toward rental cars. I was behind, I believe a Mazda 3 with a National sticker on it. Does that mean Mazda 3s are no good because they're in a rental company?
#1864 of 2335 Re: ya.. [imidazol97]
Aug 07, 2005 (5:38 am)
Nothing wrong with rental cars. Issue is Domestics overuse them to get rid of overcapacity of their cars. These rentals then go into the used car market which kills resale. It also is a place to put vehicles that have been around to long in their lifecycle like the Century.
It is a good way to get possible customers into your car. LaCrosse had a special executive program whenb it was introduced.
#1865 of 2335 Re: ya.. [62vetteefp]
Aug 07, 2005 (7:42 am)
>good way to get possible customers into your car.
That's what I would think. But sometimes the rentals sound the extra-stripped models rather than a normal model most people would want to buy...
#1866 of 2335 Re: ya.. [imidazol97]
Aug 07, 2005 (7:50 am)
Yes, that is one of the reasons that some have gotten bad opinions of a vehicle. Used to send stripper, bench seat Centurys to rentals. Changed that to relatively loaded Regals which helped sell them later to customers. Also better/easier to sell in the used car market.
LaCrosses were well equipped CX's and CXL's (of course even the base versions are well equipped) for the executive rental program
#1867 of 2335 I have no issue with rentals?
Aug 07, 2005 (12:23 pm)
It only concerns me if a model is over sold in the rental and fleet market. It usually means resale will suck.
#1868 of 2335 Re: I have no issue with rentals? [vanman1]
Aug 07, 2005 (3:55 pm)
I usually have kept a car for 8-10 years. So I've justified the extra cost of a new vs 1 or 2 year-old car with the average cost per year being only some higher for the pleasure of a new car that first couple of years. Do you trade early enough in the life of a car that other people's valuation would vary by much due to a greater number lowering value of used models?
I think the LaCrosse is going to do well as a used car when they are 3-5 years in.
#1869 of 2335 July sales still rising
Aug 08, 2005 (9:11 am)
LaCrosse......6500....10700...13300..(160,000/year if they keep up this pace)
Take a look at poor Ford. The LaCrosse is selling more than the 500 which is unbelievable. I think folks should be more concerned about Ford going out of business rather than GM. They are selling a lot of Taurus's though. I assume to fleet?? I saw the Fusion this weekend and its not very exciting. G6 is all over it. They need to get away from the Audi look.
What will be interesting is the sales for August. Of the above inventories only vary from 24000(300M) to 31000(500). (no numbers available for Lexus) Not much 2005 stock left. GM is increasing their production for their vehicles. 4rt qtr profitn should be much better.
Aug 09, 2005 (12:56 pm)
sold 13,555 of the 500 based on your story
the lacross sold 13,300, which is less.
still that is crazy, those are some good numbers for GM, and its customers.