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Interesting that the article mentions BMW’s desire to ‘beat’ Mercedes; the big German three are in this juvenile race to be the No 1 Premium car manufacturer; a chest-beating, self congratulatory achievement that squanders hard fought brand values to bring zip all bar compromise to the customer, but to bring a lot of fulfilment to the board egos that demand pointless one upmanship over their rivals.

If premium isn’t to become plebeian, then the sooner this inward looking nonsense stops, the better.
 

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BMW already is plebeian. There are so many on the roads, many festooned with M badges, that they have ceased to be an exclusive brand.

It’s the same with Mercedes and Audi. With the cheap lease deals around so many people can get into one and once off lease they are plentiful.

Combine that with the issues that come with increased production numbers, perceived drop in quality because more cars equals more failures, and all three are losing some of the gloss.
 

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Totally agree. I think they have an identity crisis. Which is why they’ve tried links with a couple of Italian design houses. They need a premium brand, like Ghia or Vignale. All they have is M versions and they’re sticking that on anything, like S-line.
 
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