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Old 01-08-2013, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe-BMW View Post
Very healthy discussion. I like when boards are kind and friendly and debates are interesting. I do think VW has a bigger influence than you think though. Sure, they operate independently to ensure that the brands appear to be separate and distinguished (like when Chrysler owned MB). But as with GM, VW and Audi's share the same platforms. The Passatt is the A6, the Toureg is the Q7 (and Cayneene). They like to make you think it's all separate P&L's, but at the end of the day, I wrote my checks to VW Financial for my Q7. If VW wanted Audi to saturate the US Audi inventory, they would bend over and take it as an order.
Weird. My Q7 checks were written to AudiFS.

The Audi A6 is NOT based on the Passat and hasn't been for over a long time The Q7, Treg, Cayenne share a platform, but aren't direct badge jobs, like most GM cars. They all are completely distinct. The A3 and TT share the Golf platform, but that's about it. Everything else is bespoke Audi.
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