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A3's Off To The Body Shop ....... Courtesy car

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by coupe-se, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. Amchlolor
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    [Feb 26, 2007]

    You've kind of summed it up by saying "industrial designers" as,IMO,most Audis have the styling flare of an industrial unit.
    Sorry,but it's true.
    There's no flare to them at all.
    These blokes you talk of would probably rather buy a Marks and Spencer cardigan then a designer one,"because it's functional".
    If functional is your bag,great !

    Look at Top Gear just a few weeks back.
    Take a panel of designers/artists that know about flare and they all,to a man,went for the Alfa Brera.
    Not one went for the new TT,based on design alone.
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    In pure design terms, then in my opinion, the A3 is streets ahead of the Astra. The A3 is good subtle design both inside and out and the Astra is not. I have never been in an Alfa but I would agree that latest 159 is also a good exterior design.
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    I think you have just confirmed that you don't understand what good design is all about !

    Put it this way, I don't think that the Astra, or indeed any other Vauxhall would score very highly on the 'Kristan Scott-Thomas test' !! But the A3 definitely would.
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    In pure design terms, then in my opinion, the A3 is streets ahead of the Astra. The A3 is good subtle design both inside and out and the Astra is not. I have never been in an Alfa but I would agree that latest 159 is also a good exterior design.

    Design is a thing that we could discuss for hours and never all agree. Some people prefer subtle safe designs, others prefer more 'adventuruos' designs. Most of the architects I used to work with all, like me, preferred the more subtle designs.
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    id rather have bland and boring car with decent depriciation , than cars with with flare and money holding capability compared to a bucket with a hole in it. cough *alfa* cough

    look what design flare has done for bmw. :)
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    [Feb 26, 2007]
    As an architect myself and an A3 driver, I would definately subscribe to the 'less is more' camp - To me Audi's are a clasically designed car which in design terms will stand the test of time long after your Alfa's etc look dated. You just have to look at the few old audi 80's etc on the road - they still look good even today.
    Just my opinion!
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    [Feb 26, 2007]
    Have you seen a Q7? Hardly a classic design.......
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    [Feb 27, 2007]
    Have to agree, but then again name me a 4x4 that looks good?
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    [Feb 27, 2007]
    Just dropped my A3 off at the dealer for them to look at something on it for me.... They loaned me a A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI S-Line DSG Brand New only 300 miles on clock..... Very nice car , Leather , BOSE, and boy does it shift.........:hubbahubba:

    Just goes to proof the quickest car you can have is a loan car !!!!!!!
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    [Feb 27, 2007]
    Land Rover series 1.
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