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Audi Sales in the UK

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by h5djr, Jul 21, 2008.

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    Just noticed this item in a press release from Audi:

    AUDI AG also recorded growing sales in the United Kingdom, its most important European export market. Here, the brand sold 57,983 cars in the first half of the year, 4.4 percent more than last year (2007: 55,557). In June alone, Audi sold 8,488 cars in the UK, up 1.4 percent (2007: 8,370).
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    Audi are not alone in increasing sale's figures this year...

    Strange to think that we are in a slump with all this money being spent!

    J.
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    So we're Audi's most important sales market....Yet we're given less choice than any other country and pay more?....Go figure.
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    Yes. I think part of the problem is that we drive on the other side of the road to the rest of Europe and our market is more affected by our company car market. It seems that people sitting in offices in Milton Keynes decide what we want and what we don't.
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    From what I see people are spending just as much as ever - I'm sure I live in a typical section of Britain and I just don't see any tangible evidence of this credit crunch/recession talk we get every night on the news The number of people on here buying new cars/mods seems to back this up. I'm not saying some peope aren't feeling it: but it doesn't seem to be anything like as general or widespread as the doom-mongering press lead us to believe.
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    It's the same where I live as well...

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    IM fackin minted :)
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    Yup, when comparing the A4 sline to the 3 series m sport, the A4 comes in a stack cheaper for company car users, has more options too
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    LoL, im only joking around :redface:
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    The whole credit crunch situation is largely a media invention. Our economy is now based totally on what we spend in the shops as we have no industry anymore. All the major papers decide to tell us we're heading for a recession, as a result we stop spending money which will in itself lead to a recession. If we just carry on spending normally it'll be ok.
    It's true that too many people have borrowed too much money in this country but they'd have to pay that back sooner or later anyway. If you've been sensible with your borrowing and spending up til now the 'crunch' shouldn't affect you.
    If you buy shrewdly and put you money in the right places you can actually take advantage of the bad financial climate.

    The only people feeling the pinch right now are estate agents. A couple of people i know have been made redundant in the last month from estate agents. No sympathy though, can't stand the b*st*rds.
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    There is some truth in all that but the "Crunch" is having far wider impact than just the "b*st*rds".

    For example, construction has ground to a halt in a lot of areas due to the downturn in the housing market, forcing large companies to lay off thousands of skilled tradesmen such as sparkies, bricklayers, joiners etc. But even that is a small ripple in the whole effect. For example - Suppliers have been hit, which affects distributors etc etc etc... The list goes on and on down the chain..

    Im not paranoid honest, i just talk to a lot of folk who are begining to feel the pinch..
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    I agree.
    My old man and brother work in construction and its been very slow for them lately.

    Ive also tightened the reigns, I reckon my fuel, groceries, utilities, etc have gone up significantly in the last 12months or so and my disposable income has definately took a hit.

    My capped mortgage deal runs out in 10 months too and if the current situation doesnt change in the mean time my mortgage payments will also be significantly more

    So for me, the current economic situation is very very real.

    Bummer really as I wanted to retrofit DVDNav and REVO this summer.....

    cheers
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    Same here - my Dad's business supplies companies and individuals in the construction industry, and speaking to him last night even with new customers it's been very quiet. My brother works in manufacturing (remember that?!) and how they're still afloat remains a mystery.

    Personally-speaking, times are a tad difficult because we've just finished an extension and fitting it out cost more than we thought, so belts are definitely tight. Oh and buying a second car kind of made things worse...

    What's really sad though is that both my parents and in-laws live around 80 miles away in different directions, and I've worked out that at today's prices, a return drive to see them is about 30 quid in fuel. The in-laws came up at the weekend and said the traffic was much lighter than usual - clearly people are thinking the same.

    But anyway, well done Audi - if they continue this growth into next year I'll be even more impressed.
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    Agree here too, I was in 2 minds to go across to Lancs to visit family next weekend but when I worked out it would cost around £60 just in petrol I changed my mind!:sob:
    My spending behaviour has certainly changed in the last year.
    Its bitter sweet though as I work in Oil and Gas and the high oil prices are keeping me in work and paying my salary!
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    And yet I still can't get a plumber to come and fix my heating...

    J.
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    If you were a "tallleggymarriedblonde" it might help :lmfao:
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    I know what you're all saying but it is only the residential construction sector which is being affected, not the commercial. For example... Wimpy Homes (biggest house builder in the UK) are struggling to raise enough deposits to complete biulding on many of it's sites currently whereas Balfort Beatty (biggest commercial construction company in the UK) are up £500 million on last year already.
    I work in the architectural/ construction industry and i'm estimating for bigger commercial projects all the time. Again for example: They're redeveloping Sheffield City centre at a cost of £600 million starting next year. No sign of credit crunch jitters in that sector obviously and they're banging up bigger and bigger office blocks and expanding government buildings / airports all the time.

    There's plenty of work for brickies and sparkies in the commercial sector but you have to compete against eastern european labour these days unfortunately....But thats a whole other argument!
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    and female!!!
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    Damn David I thought I was in there with Leon then :)
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    Only if I can call you Shirley, i dont do plumbing though..

    Seriously though, I knew you were a man, but my sense of humour has backfired on me... AGAIN!! :tapedshut:
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    You say backfired, we say "came out" ;)
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    Well having just had to settle our end of year heating oil bill, £832 (ouch) and having upped the Month DD to the amount recomended by our Oil supplier (£132 pcm) I am feeling the pinch this month.

    Mind if I was paying the 69ppl for my Diesel it wouldn't be so bad, so can I run a 2.0TDi on 28 second heating oil ?

    J. We managed to get two Heating Companies out to quote for changing 9 of our original (circa 1982) Rads, just waiting on the quotes back. This is one of the local companies that we got in to quote (HCC safe trades recomended) http://www.raredman.co.uk/

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    I work for a Civil & Structural Engineering Consultancy and we are still very busy at the moment but I am sure that it will catch on to us before too long. We do a lot of projects like Supermarkets and industrial buildings but if people aren't spending then these sort of projects will be shelved.

    So I am putting off buying anything of major expense at the moment (e.g. holiday for next year) and trying to save a bit extra just incase we go quiet and people start getting laid off.
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    Im an Architect over here in Northern Ireland and although the majority of our work is residential based (Bit of commercial / Retail as well), we dont seem to be feeling it too much.

    Having said this the amount of Planning applications we are submitting has dropped slighty. Thankfully we still have alot of projects coming out of planning requiring working drawings and further preparation for site!! Apparently though some larger firms over here have layed off alot of people!!!
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    I totally agree - im in the same boat mate. It will catch up eventually!!
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    Do you play badmington :)
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    !TO ALL YOU CONSTULTANTS OUT THERE!

    PM me for all your lightning protection needs :)

    We work on a national basis.

    Carry out free site appraisals - quotations/recommendations.

    Have accreditation with Chas - constructionline - ATLAS etc etc

    Although our exisiting client list is already impressive, im always looking to extend our network :)
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    No only have you 'come out', you're pimping your wares too....
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    he he he - just kiddin'!
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    Lightning protection?.... I was just going to tape a golf club to the chimney.
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    :scared2:
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