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|27th November 2015, 01:49||#211|
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Re: The ridiculous price hikes of German luxury cars - Mercedes, BMW & Audi
Just for comparative sake:
- in 2004, we picked up the E270 for 47L. No MP3 player, no sunroof, no fully adjustable seats - forget memory!
- in 2008, we picked up the 525D for 51-52L. It came with all the goodies listed above plus a DVD player, 17" tyres and alloys, iDrive, etc.
- In 2011, we picked up the A6 2.0TDi for 55L. It added air suspension, bluetooth, and a few more goodies.
Recently, in the market for a new car, and the prices are by and large the same with a little increase. A lot of this is primarily due to the discounts on offer, which is now common place within months of a new launch. Example:
- An E200 is around 54L, and the E250CDI should be around 58L
- BMW 3 series is back in the 30L range after discounts. In 2011, the A4 was 32-34, as was the E90 320D Dynamic and Highline. Today, the A4 and 320D Prestige with Xenons is roughly a few lakhs more (38L).
However, as rightly pointed out - the base trims have gotten significantly more expensive, but at the same time offer more kit. My friend who picked up the E90 320D CE for 24-25L in 2011 will now have to shell out 35L for the 320D Prestige which now adds xenons, iDrive, and a couple of other features.
This would simply be to make space for the smaller segment - A3/CLA/X1 etc.
|15th April 2016, 15:07||#212|
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What's the difference when Maruti or Tata or Toyota add a boot to a hatch back ?
Why should it be any different for marque logos.
It's more than a car ? It's a Mercedes. Very subtle but not spoken about or advertised in india ? Why ? Is it because " the badge will sell " syndrome?
The innova crysta about to be launched has a 137 odd bhp motor with all the bells and wishes or whistles (maybe not for a few) at half the price than this baby which costs upwards of 39 lac smackeroonies (conservative estimate)and additional maintaince package extra to bring home in Mumbai. The last I enquired for this sedan was 4 months back, about 42 odd huh ? I said to myself. The c class was a whopping 47+ on road. Very classy till the time you sit in the back, or front for that matter and the the boot and all the idiosyncrasies that come along with it. Is it that unreliable or is the badge I don't know haven't owned one, preventive maintenance package runs on 2.5 to 5+ lac range depending on A B C E class, in addition to what you and I pay for the car. It's the same with AUDI AND BMW. Bavarians are better than M . Audi is a Volkswagen, skoda in india anyone? I love the new superb, will I book one ? Not a chance in hell.
What did I get? well it's a Camry hybrid. Peace, quite, reliable, and the fact that I like the most, it makes you forget it exists and yet delivers when you need it every time. A rare case of brain over heart on team bhp. Do I regret it, not one bit but now I digress pardon me.
Coming back to the Mercedes cla sedan, I implore you please visit the showroom see what it has to offer other than the three pointed star. Can you jump into it and drive off into the sunset, narry a care? And range now thats another sensitive topic and Iam not a advocate of kitna deti hai.
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|15th April 2016, 17:14||#213|
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In my family, everyone drives, my sister likes cars but she wants a compact one in the city. My mom, she just needs a car that can get her from point A to point B. My dad does like cars as well but he doesn't like to spend too much money on it, so as long it gets the job done with a decent driving experience for the budget he has, makes him happy.
Me on the other hand, I have two versions to the story. I do want to have a fast car which I completely look at 0-100 clock speeds, while on the other hand I do want something that I'm comfortable to drive with on a daily basis. Based on this theory, some people will prefer cars like Vento, Octavia, Superb, 3 Series in their respective segments which are more like an all round performance cars. I drive vehicle for the experience, which is why I prefer to having two cars from which I can get the best of both the worlds. I can never go for a Camry, I think it is too big for one, luxurious and if I were to get something as big, I'd rather go for the new Superb 1.8 TSI Manual, 530d and so on based on the budget that I'm looking at.
The point I'm trying to make is, everyone has their own preferences and needs. Are all the cars getting expensive and especially the German ones being over priced? Absolutely. Doesn't mean that having a choice to chose from is a bad thing.
I hope any of what I just wrote above made sense
|15th April 2016, 22:41||#214|
Join Date: Jul 2006
My post was about what's on offer in return for what's offered by the buyer. A person is free to choose what he or she desires.
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