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I am still unsure whether Audi are going to honour the dates when our orders were originally made in the UK, or whether there will be "dealership favouritism" which appears to be the case in the US.

My Original order, and £500 deposit, was officially accepted by my dealer in March 2004, and I was assured by one of the uk directors at the official launch that they will be operating a strictly first come, first served system in the UK.

The lack if information forthcoming does leave me a little unsure as to whether they are looking at other means of car allocation over here

I would appreciate any feedback from other early deposit payers
 

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My original order was also one of the first October 2004 - put down deposit on two cars. The dealer has cosistently told me I will get the first car to arrive in the Midlands ( there was one order before me but he's waiting for the V10). I hope they honour this - if they dont there are going to be a lot of angry people around. I dont know what is happening in USA but the impression I am getting is that the people losing out are the ones whose dealers are not getting an allocation. I know that not every UK audi franchise is going to " do R8 " so does that affect people who may have put a deposit down with these dealers? The logical thing would be to give them a priority slot with another dealer who has an allocation but you can see that the allocated dealer is not going to shunt some of what are probably his best customers to please another dealer.

On another issue I have been shown an audi email that says the R8 priority list when it emerges will also apply for the V10 or R9 regardless of whether you buy an R8. i.e if you have an early order for an R8 you will also be able to get one of the first R9, if and when. Has anyone else seen this? Kreso will know!! I presume the idea behind this is that the V10 is what people were expecting from the concept car so if you put in an early order for it and audi change the spec - then audi should honour your early interest.

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I have been in contact with Audi on this before Christmas.

They have consistantly advised that UK build dates will be in date order (i.e.. first orders placed = first build dates).

So,

You may wish to call them yourself:-

Bev Holloway
R8 & Specialist Sales Operations Manager

Audi UK
Direct line: 01908 601107
Fax: 01908 601673
Email: [email protected]


As regards John's point, I have had one V8 and one V10 on order since August 2004. They have indeed confirmed that this date will apply to both vehicles.

So, if you want a V10, place your order with a small deposit now to get in the queue !
 

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My biggest fear, is that Audi's marketing & PR department take over, and decide that what the brand needs is a load of C list celebritites and Footballers being seen around town in the R8, and aoffer leasing deals/ guaranteed buy backs to make these cars easy to own, in return for the publicity, and all the true punters such as ourselves get bumped right down the list.
 

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My biggest fear, is that Audi's marketing & PR department take over, and decide that what the brand needs is a load of C list celebritites and Footballers being seen around town in the R8, and aoffer leasing deals/ guaranteed buy backs to make these cars easy to own, in return for the publicity, and all the true punters such as ourselves get bumped right down the list.
Indeed ... lets hope Audi get something right ... and put together an appropriately constructed delivery list ... i.e. first come first served based on initial deposit.
 

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Hi Wayne & Paul,

You have Bev Holloway's number. Call her !

I saw her today at UK preview day and will continue this post on the preview day topic.
 

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I'll be watching out for her at my preview day!!

I am sure Audi watch these boards and take serious note of the comments, so here's hoping they do the "right thing"
 

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Kreso or anybody else - still no "other" news re delivery in EUROPE, especially for switzerland (or then germany etc) ??

very curious, as in the newly appeary swiss "auto illustrierte" (part of german AMS) they confirmed first deliveries of the 100 R8s to begin end of APRIL!!! ??? :)
 

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I have been advised by my dealer that delivery dates will be advised by the end of Quarter 1. So I take it that we will all be informed in the UK in the last week of this month.

I am not holding my breath quite yet, as time keeping has not been their strongest point top date.:confused: :confused: :confused:
 

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Same again. Have been advised that delivery dates will be confirmed in 3-4 weeks. Was also told that there would be few July and August deliveries and most would arrive Q4 even though some German cars will arrive end of April.

I just remembered being told at the preview at the Belfry that the cars would be assigned in date order (I think the quote was you couldnt buy a slot even if you offered 1 million quid - if thats on offer - you can have mine!) and that no premiership footballers were getting priority (I hope we can believe that) although a couple had registered an early interest along with the rest of us.

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I was told similar at the preview last weekend i.e. that we will get some idea of delivery dates this month but only in terms of quarters e.g. Q4 2007 (I'm hoping!). Ms Audi also told me that there will be approx. 470 cars coming to the UK in 2007 but only 300 for 'real' customers with first deliveries to us proles beginning Q3 i.e. July. So 170 cars going to dealers and (if I were cynical) a lot of VIPs!
 

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She also stated that places on the list will be determined by date of firm intent and on a national basis rather than by dealer. Disappointing as I thought I might have jumped the queue a little by going to the dealer with the shortest list at the time! :(
 

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I sent a letter of intent to my local dealer around mid 2005 - gave them an initial deposit of £1500 in Nov 05 and a further £8,500 ( to bring my total to £10,000 ) last November 06 when I also spec'ed my car. I was told at the time that orders would be delivered on a "first come first served basis" and that Audi UK had details held on their files as to customer order dates ( i also saw details of this on paperwork produced by my dealer) and this is what they would be working from. I was invited to a drivers day at Silverstone last December - which as I understand was the "first public unveiling" of the R8 in the UK ( a black one) at that event I spoke with a senior chap from Audi (can't recall his name) and he confirmed again the "first come frst served" and again indicated that "Audi held confirmation of deposits in date order" he also told me "350 cars would be coming to the UK in year one" and that "Audi had (at the time) 895 confirmed orders". I call my dealer on a regular basis who still has no news re delivery! I suppose if we could all get 895 people to commit £10,000 for a product with no idea of a delivery date we'd all do it ?! good cashflow, good business ?! crap customer service ! had I put my money into an ISA it would only have made around 14% in my chosen fund over the last 3 months !!!
 

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well as Kreso stated some weeks ago.. end April for dealers in EUROPE and end MAY for CUSTOMERS... so I still strongly calculate with my May delivery.. we get 100 cars in switzerland,.. all of them sold.. (5 guys buy a R8 in same building where I work) HAHA...

allthough I wish all of you earliest delivery concidering your best choice in spec'ing the car...

good nite
 

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well as Kreso stated some weeks ago.. end April for dealers in EUROPE and end MAY for CUSTOMERS... so I still strongly calculate with my May delivery.. we get 100 cars in switzerland,.. all of them sold.. (5 guys buy a R8 in same building where I work) HAHA...

allthough I wish all of you earliest delivery concidering your best choice in spec'ing the car...

good nite

5 R8's in the same car park, not very exclusive then :D :D :D :D :D
 

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Not being a synical person, I saw Gary Neville park his Audi S8 behind his brand new Q7 in Manchester town centre. As Manchester United are sponsored by Audi......If it was his or mine next for a build slot or delivery I would assume - current Footballer wins over a 1978 Scottish Rally Champion every time. Who do you think would know what to do with it however?
Let me at it!!
 

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Not being a synical person, I saw Gary Neville park his Audi S8 behind his brand new Q7 in Manchester town centre. As Manchester United are sponsored by Audi......If it was his or mine next for a build slot or delivery I would assume - current Footballer wins over a 1978 Scottish Rally Champion every time. Who do you think would know what to do with it however?
Let me at it!!
Lots of the Man U team were at the "Northern" launch... so its a fair bet there is a good connection between Man U and Audi. Ditto Chelski - their players (Michael Ballack definately) were at the London launch in Docklands.
 

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Audi seem to be insistent that it is first come first served ... i.e. first R8 order means you get the first R8 ... and so on ... I'm sure there will be no back dating of a select set of orders ... or am I being naive ... :confused:
 

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Maybe a little naive Paul I'm afraid?

When I spoke with the R8 sales team recently I was told that approx. 460 R8s would be coming to the UK with 300 for the general public and the rest going to dealers etc. (within the etc. read celebs and VIPs). I'm sure Man Us car park will be one of the first, anyone who has seen the Audi channel will know just how close the ties are.:mad:
 
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