Blog: Dave LeggettAnother sunny mornin'

Dave Leggett | 17 October 2003

Looks like we're going to get another sunny day - can't remember the last time it rained and the ground here is bone dry (somewhat unusual for England in October). I guess the Rhine's level will still be low and causing problems for Ford with its barges for the C-Max out of Saarlouis. The dog just won't leave the homework alone.

Happy to report though that I'm at my post with a clear head and that last night's public house rendezvous with an 'industry contact' didn't get out of hand. A lot of the conversation involved Ford, PAG and various execs who have left Ford in recent years. But we also got on to more general brand and product issues. Here's a thought. Was Volkswagen's slow selling Phaeton always viewed as a loss leader and never intended to make any money? The line of thinking is that the car was simply meant to sow the seed of VW as a brand that includes upscale top-of-the-line models. 'Super Passat' then comes along and cleans up and that's where the money is. My 'industry contact' also maintained that VW-Audi customer overlap at the high end is a lot lower than people sometimes assume it to be - less than 10% he said.

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