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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

New BMW and New Buick

BMW has released photos of their new 1-series. Word on the street is that the car won't be released in the US. Quite frankly, that's great news. BMW should glance over at their German cousins, VW, to see a company with absolutely no idea how to market their cars, and no idea which brand deserves what status. They will of course release their A3 into the US, in hatchback form no less. Hatchbacks haven't sold well in the US, EVER. And VW's money problems are due in large part to their aging lineup. Expanding that lineup with a Phaeton, or an A3 is wrong, wrong, wrong. The Golf, and Jetta, are old as ever, and need refreshening. Yet nothing.

Buick is introducing a new vehicle as well, the Velite. It's built on a new RWD platform that will be shared by a variety of expensive cars in GM's future. I'm wary of this expansion as well. The Regal and Century are ancient, but getting replaced. Unfortunately the replacement is hardly adequate. Putting perfume on a pig, or giving each division an expensive halo car, doesn't seem like the right solution.

Sorry for the delay in updates, I'll try for more in the future.

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