10 years ago Australians didn't seem to mind paying $1000's extra for a ford
(mercury) capri to subsidise exports to the USA to provide a competitive
price for American buyers. The price here was in line with an MX5 (miata),
but I dont think the capri holds a candle to it in the looks dept.
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org, Bryan.Vandiver@Eng.Sun.COM, email@example.com
>Subject: Re: Honda 2000 - Saw it last night
>Date: Sun, 19 Sep 1999 01:58:06 EDT
>In a message dated 9/18/99 4:25:30 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
><< Yes, MSRP is $32,000, but we (and most) dealerships will have big
>addendums on them. Ours will sell to the first takers at $39,995 + fees.
>Honda North America set the price of the car, this "skimming" absolutley
>disgusts me. David, if you ever wondered why the general public holds car
>dealers and car salesmen in such contempt, this is why.
>Let me recall a few great examples of this haneous price gouging:
>The Miata when it first came out (wasn't the MSRP at $13k?)
>Buick Grand National (market was way out of hand, but it crashed many years
>Corvette ZR-1 "" "" "" ""
>Acura NS-X: this $50k car when it came out sold up to $100,000 at first.
>Honda intended the car to be hot b/c it is the genuine article AND sold for
>so much less than a Z3, SLK or Boxster. Obviously, the dealer network sees
>otherwise, and will penalize both Honda and the consumer out of sheer
>Sadly, the demand may well be there to stuff Honda dealer's pockets, or
>Knowing well that $10,000 of what I am paying is going straight to the
>man, I am dangerously close to $40k. Hell, at this point put me in an M/Z3
>roadster and I will smoke any S2000 at a light. Or a used Boxster.
>My friends, the point has obviously been lost here, and any sensible
>owner will see this clearly.
>Flame suit on, but I really doubt I'll need it.