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    XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    Currently, GM is sitting on a 200-day supply of XLRs. So what does everyone think about that? What's the reason for such lack-luster sales? What's the solution?

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    Quote Originally Posted by Katshot
    Currently, GM is sitting on a 200-day supply of XLRs. So what does everyone think about that? What's the reason for such lack-luster sales? What's the solution?
    I think GM and many other auto manufacturers were a little over-zealous when they projected sales projections. With Cadillac in particular, the price point of the XLR is a little out of most people's price range given Cadillac's target market and still-rebounding reputation. What to do? Huge incentives. Interest rates are rising and dealer inventories are swollen...they must act soon. This article reiterates my point.

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    So let's look at the XLR's competition;

    YTD Sales:

    M-B SL Roadster - 1512 YTD
    Lexus SC430 ---- 1004 YTD
    XLR ------------- 514 YTD

    There are no incentives on either the M-B or the Lexus but, there IS a 5.9% interest rate incentive on the XLR.

    You want a REAL good deal? Check out a new Deville. Current incentive is $4000 cash. Pretty nice deal huh?

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    Another piece of interesting info:
    2004 Annual Sales
    XLR - 3665
    SL - 12885
    SC - 9708
    IMO, this is telling me that the XLR is less than a sales success. So again I ask the question, why?

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    As a current XLR owner while this is a better auto than the last 2 seat Caddy, the Allante, the over all feel and quality still does not measure up to either of its rivals. GM still has a long way to go to get back much of its lost public support. Despite my nagging problems with this car I really love it as a daily driver but I fear that (as usual) when GM gets on the right track it will pull the plug.

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    5.9% isn't much of an incentive. I do know that interest rates are up a bit, but some say there is no real reason for further increases as low wages, sales downturns, etc.. are not indicative of any futher interest rate increases. If I could get a XLR-V with the type of incentives I got on the SRX I'd consider owning 2 Cadillacs.

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    GM has not been doing very well with 2 seaters lately. I'm not familiar with how the Vette has been doing, but I'm sure it's close to where it's always been.

    My Bride has been driving her CTS for a year now. She called the other morning on her way to work and said she had 2 XLR's pass by her in heavy stop & go traffic. She was excited about seeing this vehicle as she didn't know they existed. She went from a 2 seater to her CTS and it looks like she was having a flash back moment.

    While golfing the other day, one of my partners expressed a passing interest in the SRR. After a few words, it was obvious he didn't know what that vehicle was all about.

    While looking up some information for him, I came across the post about the XLR having a 200 day inventory. I looked up the SSR and discovered it was up to 300 days. Many were 04's too.

    Except for the Vette, GM just hasn't figured out the 2 seat market.

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    Firts, I believe that Cadillac should show advertising that is long than 5 seconds or ones where you can really look at the car ... the car is sexy, and needs to be shown and absored... it's amazing how many people don't know that this car exist .

    Secondly, fix the Dealerships , get them to (1) learn there cars , and (2) treat the customer right .

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    My local Caddy dealer in Syracuse NY has a used 04 XLR w/8400 miles
    advertised in todays paper for $69,990. No color noted in ad.

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    Red One In Deland Florida New 2004 For 65k

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    one point i would like to make:


    wasnt the sales target for the XLR 3,000 units per year? so if they made their target and truly limited production, would the 3000 sales number mentioned above be right wehre they wanted to be? they never intended to make 15000 XLRs a year. i am happy being the only XLR in teh parking garage next to the 5 SL500s.

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    jeffgtx,

    Like you, I, too, thought the production target for the XLR was 3,000 per year. If they sold more than that last year - and are right on target for this year - it would seem to indicate to me that they've met expectations.

    I'm tickled that my XLR is one of two that I've seen on the road here - and it never fails to get a look - and sometimes a lot more than that - whenever I drive it. The number of guys who give a "thumbs-up" and the gals who just wanna "chat" is amazing. Oh, if I had this kinda car when I was single and could have really used it.....

    John

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    Quote Originally Posted by Katshot
    Currently, GM is sitting on a 200-day supply of XLRs. So what does everyone think about that? What's the reason for such lack-luster sales? What's the solution?
    Gee, is this another shining example of your positive input??

    The XLR is right where Caddy projected it to be. I wouldn't worry, if it bothers you, go buy Ford's 2 seat upper luxury roadster, oh that's right, there isn't one!

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    Quote Originally Posted by Katshot
    Currently, GM is sitting on a 200-day supply of XLRs. So what does everyone think about that? What's the reason for such lack-luster sales? What's the solution?
    The point of the tread is why is there a 200 day supply!
    If it was a hot selling car it would be a waiting list
    Caddy needs stand alone dealership, in Canada it is folded into a Chevy or Pontic dealer.
    514 ( sold in first 1/4)x 4 is only 2056 car

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    Re: XLR inventory among highest in the industry

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy_W
    Gee, is this another shining example of your positive input??

    The XLR is right where Caddy projected it to be. I wouldn't worry, if it bothers you, go buy Ford's 2 seat upper luxury roadster, oh that's right, there isn't one!
    Dude, what is your problem?!
    As Airbalancer said, the point was the inventory issue. Maybe you don't understand what high inventory levels mean but, that's no reason to be a D%@K to me! If I wanted to be anti-Cadillac, I would've said something like;
    Cadillac sitting on a 200-day supply of XLR's, great car huh?
    But I didn't. I was just interested in sparking a conversation about it and getting input from members about it. If anyone's being negative, it's you Randy. If you can't have an open-minded discussion about these topics, you should go elsewhere. I'm getting tired of people like you bitching and moaning everytime someone has anything even slightly negative to say about Cadillac or American OEMs in general. This isn't the UAW support website.

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