I was hesitant to suggest my area is indicative of overall numbers as most of the 350's may be sold in other areas which would skew the numbers toward a higher count. NoVA does get some snow, but only rarely is it more than a few days total a year. I have also noticed very few of the 250's I see are AWD. Since I have an AWD Subaru and a FWD Honda I am not particularly worried about RWD. I also see fewer AWD bimmers thand RWD, though nearly every Audi I see is AWD.
All Audi's I've seen are AWD; haven't seen the FWD A3 -> A6 on the road yet.
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The production numbers are actually closer to 10%, also indicated by your stats
Originally Posted by 1sWt2GS
damn you should join us here in CA.
They breed like rabbits over here
That doesn't surprise me and it is the reason i always hesitate to generalize based on regional observation. I don't know what the current numbers look like, but I know 10 years ago 40% of the cars Mercedes sold nationwide were in California alone. I do stick to the numbers Lexus indicated several years ago that production of the 350 were between 15%-20%. In some parts of the country it is far less than that. In fact in most parts of the country it is far far less than that. California has always been a statistical anomaly in the luxury market.
I have had mine since Jan. I drove 350 miles to get a 350 they way I wanted it. I have only seen 1 other on the road or in a parking lot since I got mine. I was shocked to see how rare they are. In contrast I have seen 2 IS-F's since I got mine. 1 of those belonged to a friend, but still.