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    1. Administrator George@Fourtitude's Avatar
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      07-19-2007 01:26 AM #1

      There's no secret that Audi plans an A3 Cabriolet to slot below the A4 soon-to-be-A5 Cabriolet. Audi AG boss Rupert Stadler has even confirmed that the car will be built alongside the TT at the company's Hungary plant. Unfortunately, a top source at Audi of America has confirmed to us that the soft top will not come to the USA.

      Why not? Our sources say the car shares too much with the three-door A3, and that the 3-door was never developed for US sale. There wasn't a business case for changing it to be eligible for the North American market apparently.

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    2. 07-19-2007 02:00 PM #2
      Audi needs this car in the US. It would be a direct competitor with the BMW 1 series. Bring it with a 230hp 2.0t/quattro and it should sell pretty well.

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      07-19-2007 02:02 PM #3
      The U.S. is the #1 convertible market for Audi, that's for sure. Still, wouldn't it also be a bit of a competitor for the TT Roadster?

    4. 07-19-2007 05:06 PM #4
      Thats a good point. I guess it depends on pricing. High 20's base price to 35k loaded. It will be similar to 1 series pricing. It costs 37k to get in a TT roadster. I have a feeling they'll have to bring it over in some configuration.

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      07-19-2007 07:11 PM #5
      Perhaps it will be in the US for next generation A3

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      07-20-2007 10:23 AM #6
      Agreed. Audi doesn't need, nor can they properly justify having two convertibles in the same price segment.

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      07-20-2007 11:08 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by Travis Grundke »
      Agreed. Audi doesn't need, nor can they properly justify having two convertibles in the same price segment.

      And keep in mind the VW Eos on top of that. I seriously dont understand why they want so much internal competition, even here in Europe.

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    8. 07-22-2007 10:09 PM #8
      thats a good looking front end. this could be the killer $ chick car of the 00's. sucks it's not coming

    9. 07-23-2007 03:30 AM #9
      I'm not married, no kids, I like Audi products, but don't want/like the A4 convert, doesn't look sporty enough in my eyes, amongst other reasons...No, an Eos will not do and nor a TT. Now watch as BMW brings in the convertible 1 series...Audi will be behind the curve again..


      Modified by 610looper at 2:31 AM 7/23/2007

    10. 07-23-2007 10:33 AM #10
      This is exactly my point. Whether its internal cannablism or not they will have to respond. BMW has the Z4, the 3 series vert and will have a 1 series vert. A while back I remember a VW exec mentioning the differences in the VW and Audi brands. The main point was that Audi will differentiate by being sportier. BMW is on the offensive. I have loved VW/Audi forever. But they have to bring more sport and value in the near future. One of the reasons I bought a 335i because it reminded me of B5 S4. A dream car of mine 7 years ago. You could get that car for about $41k. Today you have to spend $50k. And it will still get outperformed by a 335i. The 335i is a great value and out performs a B7 S4 in almost every way. By the way I bought my 335i for $41k. I hope Audi gets it right with the B8 A4 in the performance and value catagory. I'm anxiously awaiting Audi's answer to BMW. The new A4 should be shown soon.


      Modified by Samart at 10:47 AM 7-23-2007

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      07-23-2007 10:44 AM #11
      I will say, I absolutely love the headlamps and the subtle evolution of the big-nose in these renderings.

      I think one of the let-downs on the A5 (and I hope the rectify with the A4) is the relatively bland and flat "slabs" they are using for headlamps.

      The lamps in this concept give the car a much more dynamic presence.


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      07-23-2007 10:45 AM #12
      We will see the new A4 in September at Frankfurt. I'm very excited and hope we get a home run. BMW and Merc have been stepping up their game lately, and Audi needs a big hit.

      Quote, originally posted by Samart »
      This is exactly my point. Whether its internal cannablism or not they will have to respond. BMW has the Z4, the 3 series vert and will have a 1 series vert. A while back I remember a VW exec mentioning the differences in the VW and Audi brands. The main point was that Audi will differentiate by being sportier. BMW is on the offensive. I have loved VW/Audi forever. But they have to bring more sport and value in the near future. One of the reasons I bought a 335i because it reminded me of B5 S4. A dream car of mine 7 years ago. You could get that car for about $41k. Today you have to spend $50k. And it will still get outperformed by a 335i. The 335i is a great value and out performs a B7 S4 in almost every way. By the way I bought my 335i for $41k. I hope Audi gets it right with the B8 A4 in the performance and value catagory. I'm anxtiously awaiting Audi's answer to BMW. The new A4 should be shown soon.

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