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Old January 13th, 2012, 19:26   #1
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Old January 14th, 2012, 08:13   #2
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Surprised that no one asked him about increased diesel applications. If VW already has 75% of the US diesel market, they obviously know how to expand into the other offerings, such as Tiguan or Eos (Golf Cabrio?). Was disappointed to see that they are not considering the Polo for the US market. With gas once again approaching $4.00 and rumors of $5.00, then the market is ripe for the subcompact, but if they are not ready now, they will miss the boat again.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 08:37   #3
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Surprised that no one asked him about increased diesel applications. If VW already has 75% of the US diesel market, they obviously know how to expand into the other offerings, such as Tiguan or Eos (Golf Cabrio?). Was disappointed to see that they are not considering the Polo for the US market. With gas once again approaching $4.00 and rumors of $5.00, then the market is ripe for the subcompact, but if they are not ready now, they will miss the boat again.
I asked that same question to an auto industry analyst and the basic question is that there are not "enough" comsumers that would be willing to get into compact cars right now. An interesting point is that some car manufacturers are americanizing their vehicles to make the seats wider due to an increase in larger drivers. I would love to see the Polo here in the US market and if the Fiat becomes a successful selling automobile then VW should consider bringing it in. Fuel prices are a big factor and I think the $5 price will be the magical price to get drivers out of their big cars into smaller fuel efficient vehicles.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 09:49   #4
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I asked that same question to an auto industry analyst and the basic question (answer?) is that there are not "enough" comsumers that would be willing to get into compact cars right now.
If this is the conventional wisdom - how come Fiat/Chrysler, BMW (Mini), Toyota (Yaris), Suzuki, and any number of other manufacturers did not get the word?
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Old January 14th, 2012, 11:52   #5
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But the only reason fiat is here now is because they bought Chrysler.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 14:30   #6
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The other makers of compact cars - the Fiat, the smaller Hondas, Toyotas, Chevrolets - are getting themselves known to American consumers. Meanwhile, VW is waiting for some celestial sign that the American consumer is "ready" to buy compacts. When that finally happens, VW is going to have to overcome those already-established marques in people's minds in order to sell any Polos.
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Fuel prices are a big factor and I think the $5 price will be the magical price to get drivers out of their big cars into smaller fuel efficient vehicles.
I heard the same thing about 3 dollar gas. And then I heard it about 4 dollar gas. Both of those passed with no change to the way american drivers think.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 05:55   #8
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There is always a slight bump in trade in of low gas mileage SUVs and trucks that are really glorified mommy-mobiles when the gas starts going up. Seems that once prices level out, most people adjust the budjet and just motor on. Might be easier on the budget to continue to pump fuel down the drain, whatever the price, than to come up with a new car payment. or the land yacht is still on lease and they can't get out of it.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 16:42   #9
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I would want to see this one here in the US


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... Might be easier on the budget to continue to pump fuel down the drain, whatever the price, than to ...
Than to get mommy to change her mind about what makes her feel safe and powerful when driving.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 18:34   #11
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Unlike our neighbours to the south, we Canucks actually take to the wisdom of smaller (hatchback) cars, and sales of anything smallish are quite brisk here, especially compared to the US.

Priced right, the Polo would be a huge seller up here. All you have to do is look around at all the Mini's, Fiat 500's, Mazda 2's, Honda Fits, Toyota Yaris, and various other smaller cars.

The Polo would be a great VW entry level car, and a fitting replacement for the astoundingly well selling (but now discontinued) City Golf and City Jetta.

Hello VW marketing people, do you even have a clue?
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Hello VW marketing people, do you even have a clue?
No, they do not. After being emasculated twice in big wars, they have become a nation of followers instead of leaders - at least in this market.

with the end of the bluesport programme, I guess I have to admit that VW has succeeded in being an even bigger disappointment.
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I think that VW is getting lost in trying to develop and make cars that appeal to the masses. The desire to be number one is killing the effort to make better cars and/or offer better upgrade options on the cars we do get. If the Golfs are are being built in Germany, why can't we order them with things like leather, better climate control, full power seats with memory. I don't really need any of those things but it would be nice to have the option. Canada gets more options than we do and it's basically the same market.

I really had to question the comment that VW does not think there is a market in North America for small cars. Once again, VW will miss the chance to offer something unique to the market (a compact car with a diesel engine) and boost the sales.
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I would love to see the Polo here in the US market and if the Fiat becomes a successful selling automobile then VW should consider bringing it in.
The Fiat is much, much smaller than the Polo, which is about as large as an A3 Golf.
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If this is the conventional wisdom - how come Fiat/Chrysler, BMW (Mini), Toyota (Yaris), Suzuki, and any number of other manufacturers did not get the word?
Does Suzuki sell their wildly successful Swift (direct Polo competitor) in the US? Apparently they DID get the word that Americans don't like subcompacts.

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