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That Stolen Audi A3  
User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1482 times:

I was just wondering, have you all seen the ads for the stolen A3? I have seen them on tv, audiusa.com, magazines, and currently on yahoo.com. I would imagine it would be fairly hard for the criminals to make any use of this car now due to the heavy advertisment? Anyway, hope Audi is able to find it soon.

Chris

[Edited 2005-05-17 19:21:10]


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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

May I ask why this A3 is so special?

Patrick


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
May I ask why this A3 is so special?

http://www.audiusa.com/shared/a3_microsite/html/a3_microsite_vin.html

Justin  Smile


User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3309 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

It's the new 2006 model.

My guess is that it is not stolen but a marketing ploy. And the mere fact we are talking about it would imply it works beautifully. Similar to how the movie "Blair Witch Project" was hyped up.



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1450 times:

Thanks for the link, Justin!

As Peter already wrote, that is looking also to me like a marketing ploy.

Patrick


User currently offlineRedDragon From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

Um, just out of interest, is the opening poster having a laugh?

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1437 times:

It is a marketing ploy. I saw the first commercial for it yesterday, and it's quite cool, actually.


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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

A marketing ploy? That is quite creative considering it gets people thinking about the car and all. Sure is a beauty though.


Chris



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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1410 times:

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 7):
That is quite creative considering it gets people thinking about the car and all.

And how easy it is to have it stolen. crazy 

Logan


User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1387 times:

I think it's bland, compared to the original A3... I really liked that car, it was fun to drive - not as much technology in there as in this new model, but the car just didn't look like almost every other car out there.

I was starting to get the "marketing ploy" idea bout 5 seconds after I called up that Audi webpage...

Regards,
Frank



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User currently offlineRedDragon From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

Quoting Leskova (Reply 9):
I was starting to get the "marketing ploy" idea bout 5 seconds after I called up that Audi webpage...

I started to get it about 5 seconds after I started reading the opening post...  Wink


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1350 times:

I'd hate to own one. I'd get really pissed at being "felony stopped" by the cops a couple times a day.

http://www.pvpd.net/images/History/may3,1989.jpg

Mark


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16345 posts, RR: 86
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Its a marketing ploy, and a great one. It had my undivided attention.

N


User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1320 times:

Quoting RedDragon (Reply 10):
I started to get it about 5 seconds after I started reading the opening post...

Well... I still have some rest of the flu in my system, so it took me a bit longer than that...  Wink



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11445 posts, RR: 76
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1312 times:
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Amazing.....I just saw that commercial thirty seconds ago...


Its terrific marketing!

I think I'll go look at one with the wife. She needs a new car.



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1295 times:

I dont know if the Mini commercials run over where you guys live.

Its something like Fraudulent Mini's catalog or some BS.


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

Sounds like damn good marketing for a damn fine car.
(Says a satisfied owner  Smile )

Quoting Leskova (Reply 9):
I think it's bland, compared to the original A3... I really liked that car, it was fun to drive - not as much technology in there as in this new model, but the car just didn't look like almost every other car out there.

The new one is definitely a better drive, and I like the shape personally - but perhaps its a bit too similar to the orginal - except more muscular. It is VERY colour sensitve though. Some colours work very well on it, others don't. Engine and tyres options make a big difference on the drive of the new one. Have you driven the normal or the sport spec?



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User currently offlineRedDragon From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

Quoting Leskova (Reply 13):
Well... I still have some rest of the flu in my system, so it took me a bit longer than that...  Wink

Bless... sounds like a definite case of manflu  Silly


User currently offlineQuerosene From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1183 times:

The Audi was stolen (supposedly) on April 1, 2005, but the domain stolena3.com was registered on March 17, 2005, about 2 weeks before the robbery.

I can assure you that this is a marketing plot. An very wise one.

Yes, it is obvious that this is a marketing trick from the second the TV ads appear, but I just wanted to back it up with hard facts.

Regards.

Edit: Ha! I was investigating the hard way. It was more simple to go to stolena3.com and click on http://www.stolena3.com/archives/001176.html

Congratulations! You've discovered a fun, interactive, fictional story sponsored by Audi. This campaign is similar to what's known as "Alternate Reality Gaming," in which a community of users become a part of the story, interact with its characters, and help each other unravel its mysteries along the way.

DUH!

[Edited 2005-05-18 18:40:33]

User currently offlineRedDragon From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1169 times:

Quoting stolena3.com:
Congratulations! You've discovered a fun, interactive, fictional story sponsored by Audi. This campaign is similar to what's known as "Alternate Reality Gaming," in which a community of users become a part of the story, interact with its characters, and help each other unravel its mysteries along the way.

I was a bit surprised when I came across this - I'd have expected Audi to be a bit more subtle about this kind of official hoax, and just leave people to work it out for themselves. (The Volvo S40 And The Mystery Of Dalarö, anyone?) Still, it the the US, so they must have needed a disclaimer  Wink


User currently offlineSacflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 371 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1156 times:

Does anyone else find it silly that both Audi and BMW are both heavily advertising their new "3" cars at the same time, the "A3" and the "3 Series", respectively?

I can barely tell the commercials apart.



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User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1609 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1132 times:

This idea reminds me of the "Counterfeit Mini" ads that have been on TV for a while. Even though it's obviously a hoax that can be backed up with concrete evidence, it's a darn good idea by the folks at Audi. Looks like a nice car!
-N243NW bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1109 times:

Quoting Sacflyer (Reply 20):
Does anyone else find it silly that both Audi and BMW are both heavily advertising their new "3" cars at the same time, the "A3" and the "3 Series", respectively?

Just coincedence really. These two models aren't really competitors - the 3 series competes with the A4, the A3 with the 1 series.

The A3 has been out in europe for nearly two years now (the five door for almost a year). Audi has finally decided to launch it in North America. It has just come at a time when BMW is launching its new 3 series pretty much everywhere.



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