|Quote, originally posted by DarkNight24 »|
|If they make it..... we will buy |
That's funny, because we haven't though. I realize that VW has made a couple of missteps in bringing special cars to the US (R32), and in going from concept to reality(Concept R to EOS ), but overall, even when things are essentially delivered as promised, we don't buy. Case in point is the TDI Sportwagen. The Vortex has been going nuts over the new TDIs, with wagon and 4motion and even GLI trims being mentioned as desireable, and yet even the most basic model of the "most desireable car on Vortex" is getting sold two and three times before they finally go home. The reason is that people keep backing out of deals.
Americans not buying is the reason they keep watering things down for a more general audience. That's the reason the new Jetta will be somewhere between a Taurus and a Corolla. That's the reason they make the rabbit in only two flavors (every lot car is equipped one of two ways, depending on the number of doors). VW seems to be going out of its way to distance itself from the Vortex community of enthusiasts with its options lists, but if you take a good look at their sales-year to year-they are doing exactly the right thing. VW has suffered much less than Honda, Toyota, or the Big Three in the last two years.
You have a limited pool of qualified buyers maybe 30% of your walk ins at a dealership could get a down payment and do a lease or a no-strings loan, and another 10-15% of your walk ins can get a car with stips, but that leaves most of your "interested people" as unqualified to purchase the car they are interested in. You take a specialty vehicle demand, and then take into account the cross section of people who swear they will buy one and aren't qualified...and you have an easy business decision.