AD #2140 – Amazon Wants Direct Car Sales in UK, Rolls-Royce Buyers Younger Than Expected, Can the Camry Revive Sedans?

June 28th, 2017 at 11:48am

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- Amazon Wants Direct Car Sales in UK
- EV Charger Mandate for UK Gas Stations
- Rolls-Royce Buyers Younger Than Expected
- Faurecia System Greatly Reduces NOx  
- Ford Launches Bike Sharing Service
- OSRAM Creates Smaller & Brighter LEDs
- Can the Camry Revive Sedans?

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10 Comments to “AD #2140 – Amazon Wants Direct Car Sales in UK, Rolls-Royce Buyers Younger Than Expected, Can the Camry Revive Sedans?”

  1. Albemarle Says:

    It will be interesting to see how Amazon does with car sales in the UK. I don’t think it will be any more disruptive than Cosco car sales in America.
    I know you were trying to drum up excitement Sean, but Amazon is not an automobile manufacturer so their selling “direct” is exactly what a dealer does; sell ‘”direct”.
    That was a good segment on the Camry.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    In Indiana, Costco car sales go tbrough dealers, so they still get a cut. It may be different in other states, though.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Toyota needs to revive Camry coupes and wagons, to go along with their new Camry sedan.

  4. puremoose Says:

    #3 You are right on

  5. RickW Says:

    I would consider buying a new Camry Wagon.
    If their were such an animal. As long as it had the styling of the sedans.

    I’m going to be in the market for a new vehicle next year. Will have to see if the Camry has solved the “tinney” sounding door issue.

  6. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I don’t think that Camry will revive sedan sales but I think the new Camry will retain the sedan leadership it has enjoyed. I like wagons too, however, time and time again, when a manufacturer brings out a wagon they just don’t make a dent (and that seems the same for coupes too).

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Until and unless a major manufacturer offers an “affordable,” conventional wagon, we will never know how such a car would sell in America. Currently, the VW Sportwagon is the only such “regular” wagon in the U.S. market, and VW is a niche player in the U.S.

    There are some wagons, and wagon-like vehicles, they don’t fit the “basic wagon” bill. There is the SUV’ized Outback, the pricey V60, the pricey, and mandatory 4wd 3 series and E-Class, but to really know if wagons would sell, we need a Camry, Accord, Fusion, Malibu, or Altima. There will be the upcoming Ragal wagon, but from what I have read, it will start at ~$35K, not in the same market as a Camry or Accord wagon would be.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    …and the Venza, the most recent Toyota attempt was too tall and heavy to be a Camry wagon, and not tall and trucky enough for SUV fans. As a result, it didn’t do very well, even though it was advertised quite a bit, at least in Florida.

  9. Ziggy Says:

    Sorry Toyota mouthpiece, but you are missing the main reason small SUVs are selling so well these days compared to sedans, and that is ease of getting into and out of the taller vehicles and sitting higher up than in a sedan. As the baby boomers like me get older we don’t want to have to squat down to get into a sedan and then have all the trucks staring down at us, so good luck with the Camry but you aren’t going to change anything anytime soon as far as reviving the sedan market.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    As long as gas stays cheap, yeah, SUV’s/crossovers, whatever will stay popular, except that, at some point, they will suffer the stigma that now affects minivans.

    FWIW, I am an aging (70yo) baby boomer, and I drive cars.