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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
#6700 of 10348 Audi and VW
Mar 08, 2006 (12:30 pm)
1) Will this nightmarish organization called VW have no negative effect whatsoever on the future of Audi?
It appears VW may try again in selling premium luxury cars like the Phaeton. IMO GM's Roger Smith looks like a genius when compared to Piech. VW's highest wages, lowest productivity and the least reliable autos in the industry are the least of VW's worries when compared to having such an incompetent chairman as Piech in the helm.
Pischetsrieder's recent move to steer Volkswagen down-market -- reversing the premium strategy that Piëch himself carved out for the German auto maker during his tenure as CEO in the 1990s -- has bred resentment between the two men.
The last straw might have been Pischetsrieder's recent decision to yank Piëch's pride and joy, the $70,000 Phaeton luxury sedan, from the U.S. market, where it suffered from dismally low sales.
Analysts fear that if Piëch gets to crown a new CEO -- some believe it could be Audi boss Martin Winterkorn -- he could shift gears again, investing in more up-market models in a bid to rival BMW and Mercedes.
2) I have never ever seen such a creative auto ad like the one linked below. Unfortuantely it is not a LPS ad ---click on the "watch" bar at the bottom of the screen. THen watch the British Honda Choir simulate car sounds.
Greatest Ad in Automotive History
#6701 of 10348 Re: Fantasy Land [grandaddy]
Mar 08, 2006 (12:59 pm)
u really think i am messing with u. that is really funny. comical even. why would i be so bored to do something like that. i think that ur kinda jelouse cuase u had a honda civic as ur 1st car.
#6702 of 10348 Ode To An Impressionable Youngster
Mar 08, 2006 (1:06 pm)
Get your dad to buy you a BMW 545 or 550 if he can.
Blows away anything else talked about on this forum.
As for the sentiment that you have so many years to grow into and appreciate finer vehicles, you can get hit by a bus tomorrow.
Life is fragile. There are no guarantees.
Get the best car you can now.
Live for the present.
Experience now what the best in life has to offer and that happens to be BMW, vehicularly speaking, in this price category.
#6703 of 10348 Re: Ode To An Impressionable Youngster [hpowders]
Mar 08, 2006 (1:24 pm)
I think Greg would be closer to God with a Porsche ,although BMW would not be much further away, particularly with a back seat..Tony
#6704 of 10348 Re: Fantasy Land [gregisgod13]
Mar 08, 2006 (1:25 pm)
Greg, I meant no disrespect, just curious and I know how 15 year olds like to put us old guys on.
By the way, my first car was a 1953 Nash Rambler. My folks bought it for me in 1959 at a cost of $700. I was 16 at the time. It was one great car, mainly because it had reclining front seats. It was a 3 speed manual with overdrive, so effectively it was a 4 speed. I loved it!!
I often think that all those old cars from back then would have driven much better if we had had radial tires. They came along later. Anyway, I hope you get what you want.
#6705 of 10348 Lexus sales in Germany
Mar 08, 2006 (1:43 pm)
Lexus confronts German sales barriers:
Toyota, meanwhile, aims to boost sales of the high-end Lexus LS hybrid in Germany.
The carmaker sold more than 130,000 vehicles in Germany last year, increasing its market share there to about 4%. But lifting Lexus sales, which totaled slightly less than 3,000 units last year, will not be easy.
This is due to a structural factor. More than half of the customers in Germany's 1-million-unit luxury car market are corporate clients, which are loyal to BMW AG and other local automakers. In addition, it is estimated that more than 70% of midsize and large luxury cars there are powered by diesel engines. This means that Toyota, which does not sell a midsize or large model with such an engine, can compete for just 300,000 to 400,000 vehicle sales.
To strengthen its push for the LS hybrid, Toyota will seek to impress high-profile drivers. Specifically, the automaker will offer test drives and discounts to state environmental ministers and officials of major nongovernmental organizations promoting environmental protection, hoping they will purchase the eco-friendly car and promote it in influential circles.
#6706 of 10348 Re: What I Have Found With My 545.... [rich545]
Mar 08, 2006 (1:52 pm)
The only 2 things I can find fault with in my 545 are the "urge to surge" and the ridiculously unnecessary and complicated steps to change radio frequencies when one travels interstate.
#6707 of 10348 Advice For The Young'n
Mar 08, 2006 (2:03 pm)
Take the $50k from the old man, get a loan for $10k and step up to a 545 or 550.
You will blow them all out of the water.
You will be disappointed with the 525's acceleration.
I would choose the non-nav. 330i with sport package over the 525 any day.
Without navigation in the 330i, you can avoid getting iDrive.
BMW should phase out the 525i. For a $50k LPS, you should expect to be driving a rocket.
The 525 sadly is anything but.
#6708 of 10348 Re: Advice For The Young'n [hpowders]
Mar 08, 2006 (2:19 pm)
Take the $54K and get the S4 would be my advice, but then again you knew I wouldn't suggest an RWD car.
He has it down to two choices. He claims he will not even consider a stick shift.
Of the two choices, given the limitations he has placed on this, the Sline A6 is the winna. If he would even consider the stick shift, the 525xi stick would be plenty fast, but not as quick as the Audi, but for my $54K pretty darn cool and FUN.
Greg is not keen on a stick shift -- so the lunatic fringe just can't be heard.
"I know you're out there. . ."
#6709 of 10348 Re: Advice For The Young'n [hpowders]
Mar 08, 2006 (2:27 pm)
yes i have taken great consideration on getting a 330xi instead and save the extra cash for the colage fund lol. but the fact ia that there are exactly 9 330's at my school and only one 525, and no audi a6's. but there are alot of mercedes s55 amg's. so thats another plus for the audi. and or 525.