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    Re: I just attended a very private preview showing

    sounds like a great experience..

    i am amazed at how MB does their business by asking people like this and presenting the competition and stuff..

    i do however thnk that they nick figured out you own a F430.. lol

    Re: I just attended a very private preview showing of

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    nberry said:
    [...] All models look alike regardless of cost which in my view is a no no.



    The decision to provide a basical range of design elements throughout the entire range has been made by Mercedes-Benz a long time ago and been debated ever since. I agree with you that certain models, especially the most expensive Maybach and SLR, do lack a bit of visual exclusivity and value. WHB might argue, that Mercedes acts in the hyper-luxury department as BMW does in the six-digit pricerange.

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    Atzporsche said:
    i am amazed at how MB does their business by asking people like this and presenting the competition and stuff.



    This feature is pretty common nowadays, usually referred to as car clinics. I have once been addressed for a car clinic by Audi, being held in a huge garage in a major German city.

    Re: I just attended a very private preview showing of

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    Ferdie said:
    This feature is pretty common nowadays, usually referred to as car clinics. I have once been addressed for a car clinic by Audi, being held in a huge garage in a major German city.



    Yes, the AMS-article which I've linked in the post before says, that the design will be less retro-style than the prototype shown in the car clinics due to some harsh criticism of the audience - finally a carmaker is hearing to what Nick says

    Re: I just attended a very private preview showing of

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    Porsche-Jeck said:
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    Ferdie said:
    This feature is pretty common nowadays, usually referred to as car clinics. I have once been addressed for a car clinic by Audi, being held in a huge garage in a major German city.



    Yes, the AMS-article which I've linked in the post before says, that the design will be less retro-style than the prototype shown in the car clinics due to some harsh criticism of the audience - finally a carmaker is hearing to what Nick says



    And you can bet that no car enthusiast will buy it after hearing this .

    Re: I just attended a very private preview showing of

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    Porsche-Jeck said:
    Quote:
    Ferdie said:
    This feature is pretty common nowadays, usually referred to as car clinics. I have once been addressed for a car clinic by Audi, being held in a huge garage in a major German city.



    Yes, the AMS-article which I've linked in the post before says, that the design will be less retro-style than the prototype shown in the car clinics due to some harsh criticism of the audience - finally a carmaker is hearing to what Nick says



    The sketch is pretty close to what I saw.

    They must have taken our comments seriously. They initially told us that the hp would be 565 which we all thought was too low. If this article is correct, there are increasing it to over 600hp which is much more competitive for a car to be introduced in 2010-11. Hopefully Ferrari will take notice. Porsche could care less.

    FWIW, I have always been ahead of the pack. I predicted the retro look would go the way of the dodo bird.

    Re: I just attended a very private preview showing of

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    nberry said:

    FWIW, I have always been ahead of the pack. I predicted the retro look would go the way of the dodo bird.



    I agree with you on the probable fate of the retro look - just to avoid any misunderstanding I should add that the 911 isn't about retro but about continous evolution of a design icon

    Interesting that the sketch is close to what you saw - so maybe the sketch is already relatively close to the real thing.

    Re: I just attended a very private preview showing of

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    Porsche-Jeck said:
    Interesting that the sketch is close to what you saw - so maybe the sketch is already relatively close to the real thing.



    Judging by the amount of precise design details on that sketch, it does seem to be close.

    Re: I just attended a very private preview showing

    MB did the right thing in checking in with high end car buyers, as they want to maintain their edge in that market.

    They realize that BMW is trying to move in on some of their markets (see article about BMW's "Yuppie" designation from businessweek below), so they have no choice but to "check-in" with this group, whether it be about sports cars or sedans.

    http://www.businessweek.com/autos/conten...index+page_news

     
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