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By: Squirrely atavisms and preferences, without industry (2005q3) – Mike Linksvayer

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:04:38 +0000

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By: Mike Linksvayer » Blog Archive » The luxury of falling prices

Sun, 11 Dec 2005 20:59:18 +0000

[...] I’d prefer to wait for replacement with intelligently designed (by bio-engineers) eyes with vastly greater capabilies than my current amazing yet severely limited evolved set–better for watching the scenery from my future driverless car. [...]

By: Mike Linksvayer

Tue, 09 Aug 2005 17:42:37 +0000

Brain: The car that you did drive (an upscale VW) could be the subject of another question/rant on brand positioning. I don't understand VW's attempt to take the brand upscale, particularly when they also own Audi, which is already in that niche, and a few super high end brands (Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini). VW isn't alone is inexplicably going upscale. Wikipedia currently says this about Saturn:
The Saturn brand will be repositioned in the upper-end of the family car market, stopping just south of entry-level luxury. Volkswagen is in the same market position that GM wants to take Saturn (only going as high as the Passat). Saturn faces a struggle in achieving a premium image. When GM showed the Aura to a focus group with no badge on it, participants gave it a rating of 5/5 in terms of desirability and style. When they discovered that they were looking at a Saturn, the average rating dropped to 2.5/5.
Bizarre. Gordon: My observations are limited to ten states in the last couple years (CA, IL, MA, MO, NV, NY, OR, TX (Austin only), WA, and WI) and I probably don't notice the difference between a SUV and giant-SUV. I should probably remove "large" before "SUVs" above. I suspect that much of any actual difference in ownership of large & expensive vehicles in the SF bay area versus elsewhere can be explained by this area's relatively high income. Regardless, consumers across the country have opted for larger vehicles in the past ~20 years.

By: Gordon Mohr

Tue, 09 Aug 2005 04:41:55 +0000

In my experience, there are a greater proportion of giganto-SUVs in Texas than SF, and my general impression is that both SUVs and giant-SUVs are more prevalent where people do more driving (sprawling cities and suburbia) and have large families. SF has a good number of SUVs, but not too many of the giant hard-to-park suburbans/expeditions/etc.

By: Brian Heung

Sun, 07 Aug 2005 03:41:41 +0000

I guess I should have probably taken my family's Volvo 240 station wagon that time down to Yahoo! Sunnyvale. Just a thought.