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Audi A3, Wagon
#2247 of 2296 Re: AUDI A3 2.0T [f8u1e]
Oct 06, 2008 (6:38 pm)
It's not the sports package problem but the wheels associated with them. I was told that the wheels for PPS and PDH are unvailable until further notice. Whether you can choose different wheels and still get those packages remain to be seen. Whether Audi will substitute the wheels in those packages are also remain to be seen.
#2248 of 2296 Re: Audi A3 Diesel coming for the USA ?? [reality2]
Oct 17, 2008 (2:49 pm)
I heard the same thing. So which is true--overpriced or no supply? I am not sure. One thing I do know is that it is a great car. I wish I could get my hands on the TDI version. If what I read is true maybe late in 2009.
#2249 of 2296 Re: Audi A3 Diesel coming for the USA ?? [nomowhale]
Oct 18, 2008 (10:34 am)
I think it's a rare case of both. Overpriced, as they won't sell nearly as many as they might have hoped, but no supply as since they realize their sales will not be great at this price, they don't send many at the first place.
They probably gave up on idea of large sales (or at least those close to say they A4 model) already long time ago and are not very motivated to lower the price as it would hurt their bottom line. If they believe they can sell it profitably somewhere else, I don't blame them.
Similarly to BMW, Audi has a rhomboid sales model, rather than pyramid, where their largest volumes are created by far with midrange A4 and A6, not low-end A3. I don't think they believed in that car here, but decided to try anyway. US small car market is simply too hard for many. We want rock bottom sticker price, all the features, low financing and cash back on top.
#2250 of 2296 Re: Audi A3 Diesel coming for the USA ?? [dino001]
Oct 18, 2008 (8:03 pm)
I can't agree more that the A3 is not their focus here. You never see any advertising for the car. The A4 is their bread and butter. I was driving a 3 Series and a 5 Series the last few years, but I wanted smaller car with 4 cylinders that was a hatchback. My choices were severely limited in the quality of car I was looking for. It will take higher gas prices than were are used to over here and a continued bad economy for a car like the A3 to have a chance to become popular. But I am not sure if even that would do it. If price was so important to me I could have saved thousands and bought a VW GTI which is pretty close to the A3 but much cheaper. I guess I am guilty of going for the four rings on the car. I would be fascinated to see how a 1-Series hatch would sell over here.
Oct 23, 2008 (7:32 am)
Many A3's are built in VW factories, use the same basic chassis, the same drive trains as the GTI/Golf. What Audi does is add a few styling differences, tweak the suspension , engine mapping, and add extra colors and interior appointments.
Are the cachet of Audi' name, and the A3's differences from its GTI brother enough to overcome a high price and limited supply? If Audi is selling every A3 they bring over, then yes
Meanwhile, Audi R8's are sold out for years.
#2252 of 2296 Re: Audi A3 Diesel coming for the USA ?? [donthegreek]
Oct 24, 2008 (11:39 am)
Sure hope Don is right and the A3 TDI gets scheduled. It will be interesting to hear how the recent Audi Mileage Marathon came out as far as reactions to the diesel product was since they seem to have many models in diesel form represented. The website states the average mpg was:
Q7 TDI - 27.6
A4 TDI - 36.2
A3 TDI - 44.6
Q5 TDI - 31.8
With these numbers, hopefully the spectator reaction across the US was encouraging for the higher mileage models.
#2253 of 2296 Re: Audi A3 Diesel coming for the USA ?? [reality2]
Oct 28, 2008 (2:20 pm)
Related to what your dealer told you about inadequate stock of A3s in the U.S., that is consistent with what I quote from in the latest Audi Club magazine article, "SHRINKING PAIN," quattro quarterly, fall 2008, p. 17: "According to Audi of America, sales of the A3 are not limited by market forces, but by supply. AoA sells every single A3 it gets. The car is in such high demand worldwide that the number sent across the pond [to North America] is rationed. Bearing in mind that Audi makes more money on the A3 elsewhere, it's hardly surprising that the A3 is not at the front of the line for extra volume. But try telling that to frustrated dealers."
There has been buzz, before the current economic recession (oh, come on, let's call it what it is!), that AoA/VW was considering manufacturing in N.A. If not in Canada or the U.S., why not in Puebla, Mexico, where most N.A.-sold VWs are made? Frankly, I preferred my 98 VW Passat, made in Germany, to the other VWs of that era made in Puebla. Maybe it's snobbery, but that Passat still is in good working order (I sold it to a friend!). And I kept hearing woes from friends who owned VW Jettas, etc. (non-Passats) made in Puebla. Would Audis made in Mexico suffer from the same fate? Or would they help make Audi A3s more accessible to the N.A. markets of Mexico, Canada and the U.S.? Something I never hear about with VW/Audi or with Ford, another Puebla manufacturer, in helping to overcome the U.S. $ issue with the Fiesta and other Fords that might be more marketable now in the States and Canada.
Lots to ponder, and with the economy in an uproar, all laid-out plans for Audi will likely change, too.
#2255 of 2296 Re: Good News!!! [spwilson]
Jan 13, 2009 (2:09 pm)
Looks like a manual only transmission to begin.
You may have misread that article:
Americans will only be able to get the A3 TDI with the S tronic (DSG) transmission and front-wheel drive.
That means no manual (aka foot clutch) and no Quattro.
#2256 of 2296 Re: Audi A3 Diesel coming for the USA ?? [nomowhale]
Jan 18, 2009 (12:07 am)
37k? who spends that much on an A3? i got a brand new 2.0T 2008 prem pack 6 speed manual,charcoal for $25,000 and that includes it being delivered over 1000 miles. i almost got he Volvo C30 but the space was an issue and the price was well over the A3,