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    We want to be an exclusive brand that outsells all the other brands. With our exclusivity. Welcome to Platinum Extreme Ltd. We will only sell to you if you meet our strict exclusivity requirements*.

    * Money.
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    Its gold. People used to buy Opels rebadged as Astras and Vectras here in Australia but they were only pooey old Holdens. They have now re launched them as Opels thus making them European and immediately better quality than when they were Holden’s. Apparently panel gaps disappeared overnight. Many Australians are so stupid that they will now buy them because they are “European” and the ad has someone speaking in a faux German accent. They don’t need to do any repositioning here, FFS….
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    It is funny that everyone seems to want European cars... except Europeans.

    Also, apparently next Alfa Romeos may or may not be built in Italy.

    Or so has said Mr. Marchionne.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    It is funny that everyone seems to want European cars... except Europeans.
    I wish this sentiment existed where I live regarding Audi's and BMW's. My bias may or may not have to deal with their erratic driving styles though.

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    Just to go back to the infographic up there, these are the parking costs for a new store in Sydney.



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    Holy crap, those prices are ridiculous! You might as well move your car every hour then!

    What is this place, a mall of some kind?

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    Herein lies the confusion.. Woolworths is a supermarket.. groceries and such. This new store with those parking charges is a "Woolworths Concept Store" .. which frankly seems more outlandish than the parking charges. Seems a great way to set the concept up for failure, unless the point is to ensure no plebs experience the concept.
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    As NSX's says you might as well park, unpark and repark every hour...

    Here underground garages are about 2,50-3,50 € an hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pimento View Post
    Herein lies the confusion.. Woolworths is a supermarket.. groceries and such. This new store with those parking charges is a "Woolworths Concept Store" .. which frankly seems more outlandish than the parking charges. Seems a great way to set the concept up for failure, unless the point is to ensure no plebs experience the concept.
    Give me a break. What is the concept? They sell the same shit you can get everywhere else but in a smart arsed building? We are apparently getting parking fees at a shopping complex near my joint. It has no such pretensions but they will charge all the same. Just another reason for me to buy off the net.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crisis View Post
    Its gold. People used to buy Opels rebadged as Astras and Vectras here in Australia but they were only pooey old Holdens. They have now re launched them as Opels thus making them European and immediately better quality than when they were Holden’s. Apparently panel gaps disappeared overnight. Many Australians are so stupid that they will now buy them because they are “European” and the ad has someone speaking in a faux German accent. They don’t need to do any repositioning here, FFS….
    Aaaaaaaaaaand its over. lol.
    "The Opel car brand is to shut down its operations in Australia.

    The company said in order to be competitive in the local car market it would need to cut prices significantly on its core models."


    Opel car brand to quit Australia - Yahoo!7
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    Egg Nogg 02-04-2005, 05:07 AM

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisis View Post
    Aaaaaaaaaaand its over. lol.
    "The Opel car brand is to shut down its operations in Australia.

    The company said in order to be competitive in the local car market it would need to cut prices significantly on its core models."


    Opel car brand to quit Australia - Yahoo!7
    weren't they Vauxhalls anyway? Just produce Vauxhalls in the UK with RHD and forget to switch the badges and you have an RHD Opel.
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    It turns out that they didn't really want the euro snob badge (and a massive price tag), did they? So much for this so-called premiumness that every car maker must now achieve for some reason...
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    Quote Originally Posted by henk4 View Post
    weren't they Vauxhalls anyway? Just produce Vauxhalls in the UK with RHD and forget to switch the badges and you have an RHD Opel.
    No. They were Holdens. Well at least until the front wheel drive Holden shit boxes became Daewoos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer View Post
    It turns out that they didn't really want the euro snob badge (and a massive price tag), did they? So much for this so-called premiumness that every car maker must now achieve for some reason...
    seems I underestimated the average Australian car buyer.
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    Egg Nogg 02-04-2005, 05:07 AM

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    Well, apparently there will be a BR-Z STi. Some sources say you can't fit a turbo, others say you can. I've seen aftermarket companies fit Toyota V8 engines, so I'm not sure why they couldn't if they really tried. But then again, I'm no expert at plumbing.

    In any case, one of the biggest complaints may be resolved. I'm not sure if there will be a TRD GT-86.

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