Why not? After 14 Mercedes, I switched to Lexus! The diesel version of the latest Jaguar is a fairly attractive option. To the general public, especially those not in the market for that type of vehicle, old prejudices die very hard. You still hear criticisms of British Leyland Jaguar from the 70's.acmotor wrote:Tell us when you trade the lexus in on a hyundai!
Squiggles is a good example. One of the very early Lexus models was basically a modified Camry. Since then, the Vehicle range has evolved to become a serious competitor to Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar and BMW. (not forgetting Audi started life as an upmarket VW!).
The little Getz has improved each year and now receives a 4 Star safety rating.
But as I say, It's unfortunate that only Getz was available or willing to provide support to Blade in the early days. If Blade could have started with a purpose built body, but still compatible with a major service/parts dealer network like Mitsubishi Australia, say a modified Lancer, then with massive government sponsorship, who knows what might have been!
If Australian, State and Local governments had dedicated just 20% of fleet requirements, coupled with rego, insurance and parking incentives, production runs of 30,000 pa would be very realistic. This would have allowed an export drive, and before you know it, Blade would be selling the magical 50,000 pa.
An early EV program, with accompanying solar facilities, would have created tremendous economic activity in otherwise depressed areas of the Australian economy, and developed a far more sustainable manufacturing enterprise, for a great deal less, than the 220 billion the Rudd government has managed to fritter away on ill-conceived grand schemes.
Such a program would not have damaged local ICE manufacture, since no small to medium cars are produced in Australia.
Sigh, what might have been....