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    1. As mentioned elsewhere: the first rule of car...

      As mentioned elsewhere: the first rule of car dealerships is that they only want to sell what they have on the lot today.

      Chances are good they haven't received one yet and are just trying to...
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      You're correct - there is nothing wrong with the...

      You're correct - there is nothing wrong with the current one, so long as the infotainment system is at the bottom of your priority list on a new vehicle.

      The problem for Volkswagen is that...
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      It's called "table stakes" - you want to play in...

      It's called "table stakes" - you want to play in the $30k+ market, you need to give your customers better value. The reality is that at this price, customers expect more spit and polish.
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      Hm - good point, I completely forgot about the...

      Hm - good point, I completely forgot about the TT-RS.
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      Guaranteed to be easily in the $50s. I'm not...

      Guaranteed to be easily in the $50s. I'm not certain that there's a business case for that in the US market yet, even if it were in sedan form.
    6. This is a great point: on a $20-$25k car one...

      This is a great point: on a $20-$25k car one might be able to accept the current system, but for those who are optioning up it is simply unacceptable for an infotainment system to operate like this....
    7. Poll: Exactly my thoughts. I'm also not a fan of the...

      Exactly my thoughts. I'm also not a fan of the individually spaced LEDs in lighting clusters - it looks dated now that you've got many manufacturers using LED light bars that create a solid lighting...
    8. Poll: $1500 in the US market makes this a non-starter. ...

      $1500 in the US market makes this a non-starter. The problem Volkswagen is facing is that they're trying to uncharge for a feature that increasingly is standard in cars like Kias an Hyundais.
      ...
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      eastside - Thanks. Unfortunately, I don't have...

      eastside -

      Thanks. Unfortunately, I don't have any special inside information - I've just kept track of the annual rollout schedules for the last 15 years or so. They're pretty consistent.
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      Cojaro - This is the point in time when you...

      Cojaro -

      This is the point in time when you spend the $300-$500 for an attorney to send a strongly worded notice on their letterhead to both the dealership and to Volkswagen of America. Clearly...
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      The comments on DCC echo what I've read...

      The comments on DCC echo what I've read elsewhere. I'm very interested to hear from those here in the US about their experiences with DCC.
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      This is a great idea, waiting4; Thanks for...

      This is a great idea, waiting4; Thanks for putting it up!
    13. Already noted by Volkswagen. MY2016 vehicles will...

      Already noted by Volkswagen. MY2016 vehicles will come with the second generation infotainment system that includes a larger, higher resolution screen, faster processor and updated voice controls.
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      Nothing suspicious about it - the order guides...

      Nothing suspicious about it - the order guides are generally not released until mid-late April of each year with vehicles arriving at dealerships between mid-late June and early August depending on...
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      Well, let's be clear: the only confirmed change...

      Well, let's be clear: the only confirmed change for MY2016 is that all Golfs will receive the MIBII upgrade; No word on what other changes, if any, are in the works.
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      Order guide is generally released mid-late April;...

      Order guide is generally released mid-late April; I would assume orders start in May with deliveries sometime between June-early August.
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      *exactly* this. An M-Sport 320i is a very solid...

      *exactly* this. An M-Sport 320i is a very solid car, and the fact that you can still get it with a stick is even better. If I were looking at an A3 1.8T or a base 2.0 A3, I'd probably go for the 320...
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      jsmyle - what's your full spec?

      jsmyle - what's your full spec?
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      Keep in mind that by mid-late April we should...

      Keep in mind that by mid-late April we should have the order guide and change points for MY2016; Everything is speculation at the moment, but you may find that it's worth waiting, especially if you'd...
    20. Poll: Inventory and logistics are the big drivers for...

      Inventory and logistics are the big drivers for the packaging model. When you're selling a relatively low volume vehicle it becomes very difficult to ensure that you have right mix of product at the...
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