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High End Luxury Cars

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  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    Once again, BMW buyers put up with a lot. A guy in one of the 7-series threads admits that he hates the look, but he can't buy anything else because of the ride. RIDE, think RIDE.

     

    I really like what they did with the derriere—added a lot of horizontal detail to camouflage the trunk lid, kind of like Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. And your wife is right about it looking solid—like a metamorphic mountain of stainless steel—impervious to nuclear blasts.
  • The info from GermanCarFans is straight from BMW NA, so it's no surprise that they are hyping all this stuff that really isn't that big of a deal...
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Yeah you have to read press releases with a big (*) in mind. I think BMW might be referring to the knob/controller in the new RL and I think they probably know the next S-Class' interior layout, considering they are both German companies. GM and Ford have moles in each others companies as do Toyota and Nissan, hell any company worth their salt spies on whoever they think is competition.

     

    M
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    I read somewhere that many of the staff designers know each other having gone to the same schools. They allegedly share ideas when they hobnob. Not sure I believe this but it could happen as there are so many curious similarities among brands. In my business it doesn't happen—we'd be shot if we did that sort of thing. Everyone is protective of their work. Then again, the MO in auto manufacturing is probably quite different. Industry cultures vary considerably.
  • footiefootie Posts: 636
    Per Autoweek, Mercedes low sales in the U.S. allowed Cadillac to push them into 4th place in the Luxury market in the U.S. Lexus and BMW were 1st and 2nd.

     

    Mercedes also announced continuation of the employee discount plan for Chrysler workers. Now those workers and up to six family members (hope remains supreme) can get a discount of 12.5% off sticker. I can just imagine that all of those UAW folks are gonna step right up and save the company by taking home a new S600 for $109K and change.
  • paldipaldi Posts: 210
    I am considering offering myself up for adoption to any Mercedez Benz employee.
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    like a metamorphic mountain of stainless steel—impervious to nuclear blasts

     

    That, imo, is an excellent marketing caption for the 7-series. BMW execs, hello ?? Are you reading this ???

     

    And designman, Lexus owners put up with a lot as well. Like exterior design that is conservative (some call it bland and vanilla), electronics that work as intended, and the RIDE that is, well, CUSHY and PLUSH ! See, we do suffer the same indignities of our chosen brand as well.

     

    :)
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    Well, I'm starting to see that you are not the typical LS buyer. You've got a bit of the BMW disease. I remember how enthused you were about your friend's 330.
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    I LOVE the 330. I've driven it quite a few times (have 2 friends with identical 2001 330ci). I've always said that the only alternative for me not buying a 330ci would be an IS350 coupe/vert, assuming the latter is comparable in ride, handling, and performance, and with higher reliability and better pricing. Who wouldn't take the Lex under such conditions ?
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Well, my opinion of the 7-Series doesn't change with this facelift. More power wasn't needed. A totaly redesign of the rear end was, imo. Idrive is still present in modified form. Can't wait until 2009.

     

    M
  • vwguild2vwguild2 Posts: 113
    Good thing you are not waiting for o2...:)
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,665
    Have you found any photos of the next S-class that you think are accurate?
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Yes, but I can't post them here, or the link because they're on another chat board. The latest round of pictures look better, think sleeker, mini-Maybach and you'd be close.

     
    M
  • paldipaldi Posts: 210
    Try Photobucket? It's free...

     

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    He ain't that heavy, just needs bigger shoes...
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Love that car! Maybe one day I'll be able to pick up a slightly used 2004-5 Phaeton V8 for an unbelievable price????

     

    M
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    Is a real beautiful car. I finally saw one at the SD auto show this past month. Loved it. Like I wrote in my auto show report, all it needs is a new badge and it should be a winner. Slap on a Bentley or an Audi or something other than VW, and that car should do real well. As a VW, forgetaboutit...
  • paldipaldi Posts: 210
    It looks even better with a slight 1/2 to 1 inch lowering via VAG-Com software. This one is lowered.

     

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  • That car looks like a LEXUS...Is it?..oh it is the VW...it is beautiful.
  • paldipaldi Posts: 210
    Looks better than a Lexus. :-)

     

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  • I think it is just about the same?...
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