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Lexus GS 430, Acura RL, BMW 5 Series, Volvo S80, Audi A6, Infiniti M35, Infiniti M45, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac STS, Sedan
#4813 of 10348 Re: October 2005 Sales [rich545]
Nov 07, 2005 (2:38 pm)
Oh ok, I'm right on the Naperville/Aurora border off R59 so I know what you mean.
Oakbrook huh? That is the Mercedes/BMW/Porsche/insert any other high-end Eurocar here, capital of the Western Suburbs of Chicago.
There is no other suburban mall in the Chicagoland area in which you have to fight with Ferraris and Bentleys for a parking space, especially on the Eash side of the mall. Ridiculous amount of money in that parking section (and the whole mall on a Sat).
#4814 of 10348 Re: Sales etc. Redux [lexusguy]
Nov 07, 2005 (3:06 pm)
I think the reason for Audi's relatively low sales compared to the other LPS's is threefold. 1) Fewer dealers 2) A lower ad budget and not very effective advertising and promotion in the US market 3) There is still a negative aura from the Audi 5000 surge recall, deserved or not.
#4815 of 10348 Re: October 2005 Sales [wale_bate1]
Nov 07, 2005 (3:12 pm)
Seems to me Canada is a bit more progressive that way than the "I'm an American and I'll buy as big as I damn well can afford
In fact Canadians can be divided into two categories:
1)Frugal Canadian---fuel efficieny matters
2)"The Closet American" Canadian---I'll buy as big as I damn well can afford"
There are two Hummers on my street and I know which category those owners belong to!
#4816 of 10348 Re: Sales etc. Redux [bjbird2]
Nov 07, 2005 (3:33 pm)
I agree. AOA is terrible in its marketing (or lack thereof) strategy. Rarely does one see ads and when they are seen, its usually one of the "artistic" ones that aren't really as eye catching as the BMW ones IMO. Why can't they show the Pike's Peak one or the ski jump one?
On the other hand, I do like being in a minority with my car, just wish more people liked it!
#4817 of 10348 Re: October 2005 Sales [merc1]
Nov 07, 2005 (3:37 pm)
I'll tell you what..I can't believe how much money people spend on cars here. I come from a suburb of NY which is really expensive to live in too, but you don't see cars like you do in Oak Brook anywhere that I've been other than Greenwich, CT. Maybe people in NY were just more house-poor (not that houses in Oak Brook are exactly cheap either!). I mean, I drive around slumming it in my 545 while everyone else seems to have SL500's, Bentley Continentals and Maserati's! It's wild. It's like the Beverly Hills of the Midwest. Anyway, of Ogden Ave dealerships, I have to say that Mercedes is by far the worst. They act like they're doing you a favor by letting you spend $80K to drive one of there cars. Laurel Audi and BMW are both very good though.
#4818 of 10348 Re: October 2005 Sales [merc1]
Nov 07, 2005 (3:57 pm)
Chicago suburbs host beautiful cars all right...it was a great sunny day today and the wife and I drove down to the Ikea store in Shaumburg, had lunch at the Cheesecake factory in the Woodfield Mall. Couldn't believe all the ladies out driving the Jaguars, Mercedes, Porsches, BMWs, many Lexus including one SC430 convertible, candy apple red, top down, moving along briskly through the parking lot. A Pretty lady, shades, and Sharon Stone smile....whew! (The wife always smiles like that when she sees a red convertible!
#4819 of 10348 You wanna see nice cars?
Nov 07, 2005 (4:44 pm)
Check out South Florida. Maybachs, Royces, Ferraris, 760s, etc. etc. etc.
With no state income tax a high earner can buy a lot. And do.
#4820 of 10348 When race expereince does not translate to the street
Nov 07, 2005 (7:29 pm)
Apparently for street tires, more PSI up front does firm up handling...which is the opposite of race tires. Apparently, the extra traction you get with less psi is nullified by the excessive sidewall flex inherent in street tires.
I stand corrected, at least for DOT rubber.
#4821 of 10348 Re: Sales etc. Redux [liferules]
Nov 07, 2005 (9:00 pm)
I remember seeing a few of the "Lead > Follow" ads for the '05 A4. I cant remember seeing a single commercial for the A6 on TV though. And cars like the A8, TT, Allroad, etc, fuggetaboutit. It seems as if Audi marketing is stuck in a viscious cycle of lack of marketing = low sales = lack of marketing = low sales..
#4822 of 10348 Re: October 2005 Sales [rich545]
Nov 07, 2005 (9:14 pm)
Well you're likely to encounter that type of attitude anywhere nowadays, I've had that happen too.