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2011 BMW 5-Series M Sports Package

2011 BMW 5-Series M Sports Package

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BMW 5-Series

BMW redesigns are moments of crisis for millions of Bimmer loyalists.  The outgoing car has usually won such fans that messing with it is risky, but inevitably it starts to look outdated.  The new 2011 5-Series (the F10, to die-hard BMW lovers) has already won over some doubters, with graceful exterior lines, one of the finest interiors BMW has produced yet, and a new turbocharged in-line six that is both more powerful and more efficient than last year's base engine. Yet this 5-series starts at $1,450 less than the 2010 model.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

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Volkswagen Jetta

The biggest price cut we've seen comes courtesy of Volkswagen.  The brand's best-selling car, the Jetta, has long been due for a redesign. It's coming for the 2011 model year.  The powertrain hasn't changed much, but attention has been paid where it was needed.  The new Jetta is larger in every dimension, creating one of the most spacious small cars in its class.  Its interior has also been upgraded significantly, with softer, more upscale materials and thoughtful ergonomics.  Despite the list of improvements, the starting price has been slashed by a jaw-dropping $1,700.


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  1. In the case of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the suggested retail price may well be $495 less than the previous 2010 model, but the 2010 model has typically been sold at a substantial discount, suggesting that it has been overpriced and that the $495 price correction was overdue.
    In spite of the $495 price correction, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will not receive discounts as large as those that were offered on the 2010 models. Most 2011 models will actually sell for higher prices and larger profits than comparable 2010 models.
    In the case of the Volkswagen Jetta the 2011 model comes with a 4-cylinder engine that is substantially less powerful than the 5-cylinder engine that was standard on the 2010 model. While offering better gas mileage, the 4-cylinder engine also offers substantially less performance than the standard 5-cylinder engine found on the 2010 model.
    Statements about the interior being upgraded are patently false and the objective automotive press have widely commented on the use of cheap hard plastics in the 2011 model in place of the softer, more upscale materials used in the 2010 model, particularly on the instrument panel.
     
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  2. In the case of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the suggested retail price may well be $495 less than the previous 2010 model, but the 2010 model has typically been sold at a substantial discount, suggesting that it has been overpriced and that the $495 price correction was overdue.
    In spite of the $495 price correction, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will not receive discounts as large as those that were offered on the 2010 models. Most 2011 models will actually sell for higher prices and larger profits than comparable 2010 models.
    In the case of the Volkswagen Jetta the 2011 model comes with a 4-cylinder engine that is substantially less powerful than the 5-cylinder engine that was standard on the 2010 model. While offering better gas mileage, the 4-cylinder engine also offers substantially less performance than the standard 5-cylinder engine found on the 2010 model.
    Statements about the interior being upgraded are patently false and the objective automotive press have widely commented on the use of cheap hard plastics in the 2011 model in place of the softer, more upscale materials used in the 2010 model, particularly on the instrument panel.
     
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