Quote, originally posted by gtimg » VWoA back in 2002 this forum pushed hard for the Euro 25th GTI and you gave us the 337, 1500 copies that had a internet presale and nearly half of the sold online the rest sold at sticker the second they hit the dealers books. The car went over so well that the next year you gave us the 20th which also sold well and has one of the best resale values of any VW. So why can't we go that route again, make it a very limited edition high priced decked out version of the car. Put it in all the US auto shows, and generate some excitement for the VW brand. Everyone will want to come see it, the die hards will buy it, and everyone else will be in your showrooms so you can show them how great and inexpensive most of the rest of your line up is. Generate some buzz, please your fans, sell some other models.
In fact, I was selling new VW's back then and bought one myself.
If anyone from VW is reading this I just have to say I've never seen a company make all the wrong moves and still be able to do business and keep loyal customers.
Remember what happened in 1991 when you almost had to pull out of the US market? Did you learn anything from that?
First off, you went sue-happy a few years ago and threatened/took to court many of the VW Shops and sites that loyally carry your banner, bring people to the brand, and live, breathe and eat your product.....
I personally know many of the people you harassed and it pissed off a lot of so badly they left the brand altogether.
Other car companies would kill for your owner loyalty and even PAY big money for it, not go after them and sue them.
Second, you pissed a lot of other people off with your faulty coil packs and faulty window regulators.... a good amount of these people were not die-hard enthusiasts and weren't very forgiving because of the way you handled it and you lost them forever to other brands.
Third, you just don't have an exciting brand or lineup anymore.
I've personally had three MK IV's:
Leased an 01' Jetta GL
Traded that on a leased GTI 337
(in the shop 4 times in the first 10k miles for coil packs and you would only replace them one at a time when they went out, thus putting me in a POS Malibu rental)
And then I had a Jazz Blue GTI 20th AE on order but bought Project X instead.....a car that you obviously could've/should've built and didn't, even after you teased us with the CJ coupe study.
I've had over 30 air and watercooled VW's in the past 15 years in every body style but the MK III (my least favorite platform till the MK V came out)
There are also two New Rabbits in my family currently. (would've been three if you had an affordable lease on a diesel)
Since then I went to Volvo and most recently Leased an 09' Imprezza....
I got the Subaru because I don't like anything in the VW line-up and even a base Rabbit S wouldn't come close to the terms I got through Subaru.
To get the same deal I would've had to come up with AT LEAST $4k more on a three year lease....no joke.....you're so proud of your cars you miss the boat that badly.
As a customer it just made my decision easy....
As a salesman, I HATED it when I missed a lease deal to people who were cross-shopping other brands and paid thousands less at signing and hundreds less per month for a car that was inferior in every other way.
Here's to hoping you get your head out of your ass and give us what we want.
I'd like a Scirocco with a manual gear box.
I'd consider a Lupo or Polo also as I considered a Mini before this latest lease.
At least give us a diesel option in anything other than the homely Corolla-looking Jetta and even worse looking "Sport wagon" [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG]
PS, if you really want to makes some waves, come out with a true to form modern day Karmann Ghia or Bus.....the Rutan is NOT WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT!!!!
Have a great day.
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