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Audi Concept Car Had One Minor Flaw

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Beth Stackpole
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Nearly flawless beauty
Beth Stackpole   9/1/2011 7:01:30 AM
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Too bad some silly little pin part had to ruin the look of car that is really all about design. The industrial designers would be reeling--or they should be.

Ivan Kirkpatrick
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Parts comparison
Ivan Kirkpatrick   9/1/2011 9:18:54 AM
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I once had the experience of comparing the turn signal assembly on a mercedes to one on an American car.  The differences were considerable and all of them with the execption of the cost seemed to favor the mercedes part.

It's not good when a cheap part is used in a highly visible and often used application.  Upon a little reflection, exactly when is it good?  When it is a cheap throw away item that one does not care about or only uses once I suppose.

Anytime I find a flimsy part used in an application that gets a lot of use and potentially some abuse I know it will be trouble.  If I know ahead of time I can baby it along but to find out after the fact is usually disappointing.

It would seem that someone should be charge with the responsibility to review the designs and help avoid this kind of mistake since it really detracts from the brand reputation.  Even after the fact repair studies would help in avoiding repeating the same silly false economies.

TJ McDermott
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An opportunity
TJ McDermott   9/1/2011 10:12:42 AM
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Audi is giving an entrepeneur the chance to sell replacement bezels at $100.  Someone with a 3-D printer could make a killing...

wade
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2000 audi
wade   9/2/2011 9:53:20 AM
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i wonder if they changed the handle design after launch as a cost saving.  they do this sometimes in the auto industry.  my 2000 TT doesn't seem to have the same problem.

jmillion
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glovebox repair
jmillion   9/2/2011 11:46:15 AM
I feel your pain, brother. I do have to wonder about the prudence of keeping your spares in the glovebox...in case the handle fails again...???

John
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Glove boxes
John   9/6/2011 9:20:31 AM
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I had the same type of thing happen to me one time.  On a Cadillac.  Seems like no matter how expencive the car is there is always something on the interior that is just too flimsy and brakes.  For the broken glove box I kept telling myself they started out as card board boxes with a metal front, look at the progress for God sakes, its a plastic box, with a plastic front.

sglobe
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audi
sglobe   2/4/2012 3:10:20 AM
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The styling of the Audi O was influenced by a variety of sources including the Audi Shooting Brake concept from 2005, the Apple iPod and music. the audi parts looks so elegant and very high tech.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: audi
Rob Spiegel   2/6/2012 10:34:59 AM
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Hi Sglobe. Couyld you explian what you mean by the styling of the Audi O was influenced by the iPod and music. Thanks.

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