it's an interesting approach to marketing. while bmw attempts to create a car for every little niche, (x1,x3,x5,x6, 6 series 4 door coupe with a 4 series 4 door coupe and 2 series 4 door coupe on the way) audi seems to be doing the exact opposite by simplifying their lineup going after what they perceive as the NA mass appeal probably hoping that people wanting an a3 sportback will go for the a3 sedan. it's unfortunate because they are simply alienating a lot of enthusiasts who only want avants or hatches and in my case, only want manual transmissions. i have a manual a4 avant and am really annoyed the a4 avant has gone auto only. this means i'm buying a 3 series wagon next year. sorry audi.
I find the whole thing to be really odd. I know they are introducing the Q3 To go with the Q5 and Q7 and all of these are nice and all, but to only offer an allroad as the only avant offering for NA is just
I guess I'll be hanging on to my B7 for like forever.....
And anyone out there with a B7 A4 or S4 Avant with a manual trans, your cars are going to be the last of the breed? going extinct ?
'11 TTS Coupe
'08 A4 Avant 2.0t S-line Titanium
'01 A4 Avant 1.8t S-line (Sold)
'90 Coupe Quattro 20v (Sold)
'95 "Getta" VR6 (Sold)
the 1 series will soon be transformed as well. rumour has it they will be producing a 1 or 2 series sedan within a couple years. i'm a little baffled as to why bmw hasn't tried to bring the 5 door hatch given they are bringing/producing everything else under the sun. as for audi, they definitely needs to fill in their lineup, esp for the a4 and a6. ie, more engine options (including diesels), manual transmissions for all engine options and how about an a5 sportback? a4 avant not just an allroad. i'd love to see audi produce a mini version of the a7. (a3 hatch?)
Last edited by kevlartoronto; 07-01-2012 at 10:01 AM.
I came from 2 Minis, 3 GTIs and a 135i. An S4 Avant would be great but, as a realist, I know that that they will never import niche vehicles.
Just look at the sales of the dumbed down Jetta and Passat in this country. That sealed the fate of the new A3/S3.
Unfortunate, but true.
I REALLY hope that the chassis dynamics are significantly improved on the MQB A3 to bring them up to par (or close to) the current A4. My biggest problem with the A3 is that it struggles mightily with road imperfections and has very poor damping. The A4 really soaked up the road nicely and while it felt larger, it never felt ponderous nor loafed around poorly.
Evrything I've read in all the car mags say we are getting the sedan in various power outputs. The A3 hatch is going to be an electric or some form of hybrid only. SO all those that want a hatchback had better start looking elsewhere. Maybe the new Merc A class?