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Old 06-03-2005, 08:23 AM
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Default 2006 Audi A3 Cabriolet

Here are a couple of renderings from AMS:


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If anyone can find the article and translate it I would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-03-2005, 01:11 PM
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Default Re: 2006 Audi A3 Cabriolet (Santeno)

The article has no detailed information. It only says, that an A3 convertible is being considered, as the golf convertible goes upclass(closer to passat).

If the convertible will be built it'll be out earliest in 2008 says ams.

Mattthebad does not expect audi to build this in the near future and if they do I'm pretty sure this will be based on the next generation a3 (due in 2009?).

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Old 06-03-2005, 05:31 PM
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very nice!
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Old 06-04-2005, 08:25 PM
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Nice little convertible. What would the price range likely be on this thing?
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Old 06-05-2005, 08:58 AM
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£14,000 estimation starting price. I think that would be about US$26,000
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Old 06-05-2005, 09:07 AM
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£14,000 estimation starting price. I think that would be about US$26,000

At least...considering the current A3 is selling about that price

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Old 06-05-2005, 11:43 AM
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At least...considering the current A3 is selling about that price

wow...i just checked the site... it starts at 15000.... so the cabrio would start at 16000-17000.... so that is about US$30000-32000

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Old 06-05-2005, 12:26 PM
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Things are lot more complicated than that. One can't just use the current exhange rate to figure what a car will cost when it enters a new market. My that logic, a Ford Focus would cost around $25,000 in the US, which simply isn't the case. Car prices in a given country are based on several factors. Most obvious is that they need to be competitive in their sector. Also, there are more subtle factors. Transportation and tariffs on imports, for instance. Different VAT rates, although these usually aren't listed in the MSRP. Also, each company has administrative operations in each country where they sell cars. These people need to be paid to maintain the standard of living for someone in their position in that country. Also, even though most of the profits head back to the worldwide headquarters, taxes still need to be paid on income in the country where the cars were sold. Factors determining the final cut that the dealer makes vary from market to market, and change the final MSRP selected for the vehicle. Finally, there are the more intangible differences of brand image in different countries. Case in point: Audi is seen as more upscale in the US than in Europe and the A3 can command more of a premium over its rivals in the States. Additionally, in order to keep the upscale image, they may offer it with more standard features than accross the pond. Also, don't forget just how power hungry the US is. In order to stay competitive, the 3.2 will probably be the base engine, at least when sales start, further driving up the price. The end result is that this car may well seel in the US at the sterling to dollar exchange rate, but that doens't mean that most do.

ps - if it looks anything like those renderings, I want one, even though I would have much more use for the Sportback.

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Old 06-06-2005, 05:27 AM
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yeh... irealised that...just im not too sure of marketing in the us...
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Old 06-06-2005, 09:02 PM
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np - im pretty sure it wont come in much under $30,000. with rare exceptions, verts tend to draw a pretty big premium in the states
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