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    Originally posted by rj_astra View Post
    Interesting re: cost of luxo cars...

    VW (polo, golf etc) are relatively cheap here compared to the UK.
    Yep. So basically, the UK is a great place to live if you want an expensive car but bad if you want a cheap one.

    What am I saying, the UK isn't a great place to live for any purpose...


      Originally posted by Mr Purple View Post
      Well, Merc and everyone else seem to charge a shitload more for the RHD version of things.

      I'm assuming this is because they can.
      Yeah - was just taking the piss before I guess they have to spread the cost of developing the RHD version across a small number of sales compared to the LHD version which explains part of it.

      Other factors apart from taxes would also surely have to include our small market, and being a long way from pretty much anywhere expensive cars are made - economies of scale and all that.


        Originally posted by Insane22 View Post
        Have sat down with bmw and complained about australian pricing, they blame the government they said half of the rrp is taxes.
        What about the rest, then?
        USA has taxes too, if an M3 is AU$150k here and AU$59k in the USA, without "taxes" the M3 is $75k here compared to AU$59k in the USA with taxes.

        Originally posted by Mr Purple View Post
        Well, that's actually exactly the pricing for the US model Elise, anyway. Which is strange, because they've swapped the steering wheel around to the wrong side for that price.
        No, they inverted the pictures they had, using MS Paint, for the US brochures.
        The yanks buying the cars haven't actually noticed yet, although warranty claims for an inability to wind-up the driver's side window are apparently rife.
        Soft roaders represent an excellent compromise between the needs of the hardcore 4x4 user and the convenience of a city hatchback. Its clear to see why they have become so popular in todays society.


          Don't forget that BMW and Mercedes have to pay for all of that sponsorship of horse racing and fashion shows from a relatively small customer base. Those marketing costs alone must add well over $10k to the cost of each car sold in Australia.
          If you dig a hole and it is in the wrong place, digging it deeper isn't going to help.

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