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    Re: 2011 AUDI A8

    Crash:
    reginos:
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    turbosteff:
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    Just watched the promo video on the Audi web site. I have to say that the car looks much better in this video than on the above pictures. Let's wait how it looks in real life Smiley

     Yesterday I saw 2 new A8. They looked like inflated A4. Smiley. I talked to our friend at our dealer and he is also not very happy with the new design. I told him no chance for a second S8.Smiley

     Just think of the positive impact such an "inflated A4" might have on your price negotiations with customers Smiley I can already hear them "Poor guy, now he switched to an A4, we need to support him by higher prices and more volume" Smiley

    Perhaps this new maxi-A4 model was designed for Germany only, where according to RC people are ashamed to own expensive cars because their neighbours and customers don't approve.

     

    Reginos, this isn't because of shame, it's a matter of necessity. You can be proud or ashamed of your, but if the customers go elsewhere because they think your car is too nice or if your children are harrassed in school because of it (as in RC's case), getting a more inconspicuous vehicle is a move of self preservation more than anything else.

    As for the new A8, I prefer the previous version.

    Sure, "ashamed" was not an exactly fitting word but I used it in the very general sense.

    Nevertheless, I find this attitude against expensive cars rather strange in a society  where millions of people (1 in 7 I think) are employed in the automotive industry and can be proud of their engineering achievements Smiley


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    Re: 2011 AUDI A8

    Rossi:
    RC:
    Time will tell but personally I still doubt the success of the Panamera under the current financial crisis circumstances worldwide.


    I doubt it even if there was no crisis at all. Smiley
     

    If their goal is 20.000 units, as stated, I don't think they'll have a problem, especially as a V6 is coming in 6 months and I expect a diesel soon after.

    Where I live 9 out of 10 Panamera customers are Russian, that indicates a different attitude outside the more traditional markets. So 20.000 for the global market is not a lot.


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    Re: 2011 AUDI A8

    Over here in Bulgaria, there is 8-10 Panameras sold, 10 days after the presentation...


    Re: 2011 AUDI A8

    Good initial comments on the new A8 from Autocar.

    http://www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/FirstDrives/Audi-A8-3.0-TDi-SE-Executive-Quattro/247265/

    I was glad to read that the car looks striking in reality, because the pictures didn't say much.

    "In the metal it looks striking and far enough removed from its predecessor to leave you in no doubt that it is a brand new model. The exterior styling is highly technical and full of subtle nuances that don’t really become apparent until you see it up close."

    Also on the basis of the above I expect the A8 to look better in lighter colours because the subtle nuances would show more.


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    Re: 2011 AUDI A8

    I've seen the car in flesh this week. Have to say its much better as on the pictures. Side with is to much A6, but front and rear looks very solid and strong.  I peaked inside, looks great for the first sight. Not sure about the Monitor, the screen stands in the middle of the dash like an aftermarket piece.

     


    Re: 2011 AUDI A8

    Can the screen be folded in or is it fixed? How "final" is this design anyway, can we expect something like the screen to change?

    Other than that, the car is nice but not spectacular, but I think this understatement is what an A8 customer would expect.


    Re: 2011 AUDI A8

     yeh it doesn't "fold down" it retracts down vertically, pretty cool actually.


    Re: 2011 AUDI A8

    Yep - the screen folds in, but lets be realistic, whenever you are in the car you want to have that screen up!

    And Eunice, the car Ive seen was a 100% market version. No camo at all!


     
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