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VW + Audi = !!!
Saw this in the paper this morning:
"The new Volkswagen Passat that goes on sale in the United States is
moving over to the platform that spawned the Audi A4 and the
It's all part of VW's strategy to consolidate its product range onto
four basic platforms: the AO (for small cars the U.S. market won't see,
such as the Polo), the A (Golf, Jetta, Beetle, and non-U.S. Audi A3
use), the B/C (Passat, A4/A6) and the D (Audi A8).
The Passat shares the same basic dimesions with the A4 except that its
wheelbase is three inches longer.
Preliminary base prices should start at $20,750 for the 1.8l turbo
[about $3000 less than the A4 1.8] and go up to $26,200 for the V6 GLX
[$200 less than the advertised starting cost of the A4 2.8, about $2000
less than a realistic starting cost]. Tiptronic transmission will cost
$1,075 [same cost as for the A4] and Synchro will add $1600 [same again
as Quattro for the A4]."
So here's my question: When this all comes out, why buy an Audi? For
the quattro? The Synchro will cost the same. For the status and
prestige of the Audi name? Gimme a break--there isn't any! For a solid
and well-built car that will last for many years? VW has that pretty
well covered, too. To show that you can afford a nicer car? Well, too
bad, now the VW is not really that much less expensive, either. All you
get for spending the extra $2000 or so is a few extra buttons, and a
bunch of people who say "Audi? Never heard of that."