Wanting fake rich buyers?
Is it just me or does the narrator sound disinterested, like he'd rather be anywhere else? He talks so matter of factly as to say "I'm just trying to get my check, what the hell am I talking about anyway"
"Of course that's just my opinion; I could be wrong."
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I get what they’re trying to do, they just seem a tad pricey for what they are. The very cheapest A class right now stickers for just over $35k, and you wouldn’t want that one. If my my budget was hard capped at $40k, I think I’d get more from an Accord. If it wasn’t, the C Class starts at around $43k and is better in pretty much every way.
the BMW 318ti eventually got succeeded by the 1-series, which BMW still sold in the US, but in more US-friendly equipped with a trunk, instead of a hatch body, which is now called the 2-series.
were they technically failures? I don't think so, BMW and Benz used those cars to test the waters for the US/Canada market and went on from there.
At least we don't get:
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German automakers are really testing the power of their brands
I get that luxury cars in general are a bit irrational and indulgent, but I can't understand why anyone would buy a CLA or 2GC over literally anything else for the money. $299 a month for that glow in the dark 3 pointed star...................
*didn’t watch the video*
I drove a BMW 318ti for about 12 years. I remember seeing the sales numbers when I was regularly on the 318ti forums and it actually sold pretty well. Sounds like they just wanted to keep an upscale image for the US and not sell cheap hatchbacks.
Mercedes and BMW unlike many other manufacturers are not part of a conglomerate that already has other high volume, lower cost offering brands (no Smart doesn't count).
The E36 ti and C202 may have been viewed as flops in their day, but the current offerings (such as the 1 & 2 Series and A/CLA) would not be as successful especially in NA of it wasn't for the lesson learned from back then. If I can take anything from the video is that failure leads to
This was Jaguar X type's problem as well, despite the fact that the 3rd gen Mondeo was an excellent car at the time. A real luxury car isn't transverse-front drive.
It would be interesting to hear the perspective of the brands themselves because I suspect the way us Americans view these companies is very different than how the Germans running things view them. I mean both Mercedes and BMW have a very long history of offering very low equipment and pitifully small/underpowered versions of vehicles like the C and 3. You ever ride in an E-class taxi? Not exactly a plush, luxurious experience. It doesn't really get a lot more "euro" than small and/or low spec cars with a "fancy" badge on the front.
Yikes, just terrible.
They started out by seemingly understanding real luxury cars with images of Bentley, Bugatti, and Rolls Royce, and then go into making a story about a car brand selling an entry level car for 20% less than it's most popular model, and that being the leap from "luxury car" to "cheap car from a luxury brand".
If you think a $35k A-Class is a cheap car or an average car, than a $43k C-Class can't be a luxury car. Doesn't work that way. Mercedes Benz makes luxury cars that cost $100k+, as well as construction equipment, vans, taxis, sportscars, premium family cars, and near premium small cars. Been happening for decades. I wouldn't call their growth or attempts at introducing different models in different markets "failing".