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Re: Laguna coupe monaco

Originally Posted by mrtotty View Post
The Laguna Coupe looks stunning now and will look stunning in ten years in much the same way as a Peugeot 504 Coupe/Convertible (another elegant coupe version of a regular French saloon) does now.
Intersting example - and yes, I agree, if you intend to keep the car for many years, then second-hand values matter only to your insurance company.

I can remember cars from that period ('70s), and the funny thing was just how the market perceived these manufacturers - French cars were seen as being a cut above many of the UK rivals (compare a Citroen GS with an Allegro, as an example, or a Pug 505 with a Chrysler 180), the Italian brands had a bit more flair & excitement, the Japanese cars were seen as good build-quality but a bit plasticky on the inside, and the German cars were well-built, but spartan.

A lot of these brands then tried to appeal to the mass-market, and stopped the risk/investment involved in making their cars 'different', so without having a USP to be involved in the purchase decision - secondhand values (and perceived brand-image arising from that) became the order of the day - with the Germans & Japanese winning, and everyone else getting a wooden spoon.


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