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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:39 pm
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Default What's up with the Honda S2000?

I've been checking out the reviews for convertible sports cars. The S2000, 350z, z4, Miata, Corvette, Boxter, and so forth. It seems to me that the S2000 is the best choice when you consider handling, mpg, build quality, and performance for the buck. But Honda only sold around 5500 units in 2006 and I rarely see any on the road. How come the S2000 isn't outselling it's competitor's??
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:42 pm
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I just got an S2000, awsome, you'll love it at first sight and when you take it for a ride, you'll absolutely be thrilled. This performs to its promise, you will not be dissapointed. Get black color with red seats; that is hot.
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:45 pm
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Price.1.Over priced2.Has not been REALLY upgraded since year 20003.Honda lovers got better choice for power/money/performance since Civic/integra/EuroR acccord/etc are more powerful than S2000I want one but it is way over priced here in Singapore.(In most countries)US$95,400
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:48 pm
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Well if you look around there really arent alot of the other mentioned cars either. The main problem is that the market buyer is the 18-24 year old driver. Then considering that the average retail on these cars is about $35,000 new the car payment with 10% down is about $650 a month. Now factor in full coverage insurance which is mandatory with a new car you add another $300 per month and you have almost $1000 per month just for your car. Most people in that age demographic are really just starting their life/career and don't have the funds to buy them. Then look at the 40+ year old driver their kids have gon off to live on their own and the can enjoy a 2 seat convertible car, most aren't going to look at the S2000 because it really isn't considered "upper class" like the Corvette, BMW, or Porshe. They would rather get something that has a "name" other than Honda. The Middle of these age demographics include the parents of younger children in which a convertible 2 seater is just not practical.
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:51 pm
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High price and a low production volume to keep the price high. It also hasn't been updated recently.
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:54 pm
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Take a look at how many of Honda's competitors like Toyota or Nissan produce a 2 seater roadster? None. Because in the $35,000 range the younsters or enthusiasts who go for these cars end up buying a low end BMW or Merc which still have more bragging rights despite being inferior engines to the S2000. Why on earth Honda would not launch a roadster in its luxury Acura brand beats me. Their market analysts don't have their heads screwed on right. They made a clossal mistake in launching a Accord v6 hybrid version that has failed. Toyota on the other hand made the right move to offer a Camry hybrid with a 4 cylinder engine that cost less and does almost 40mpg.The S2000 is a good car but its misplaced.
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 02:57 pm
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Love the haters, by the way.The Honda S2000 does not sell more because it is an Icon for the company.What that means, in a nutshell, is that Honda essentially hand builds these cars, and then sells them for an extremely low profit. These cars are better than the Z4 convertibles, but sell for a lot less. They are more than the Miata or the Solstice, but they are miles better than either one.Honda simply does not have the capacity to sell more than that. If you ever notice, Honda never advertises the S2000. You may see one in a Honda add as part of the group, but it is never advertised by itself.In order to sell more, Honda would have to automate more of the assembly line, which would reduce some of the quality features of the car. If they could automate and maintain quality, they would have to consistently sell 100 times more than they do, or they would have to stop production.The bottom line is that to sell volumes of two seat convertibles, you have to make them very cheap and low powered, like the Miata, or make them very expensive to make up for sales fluctuations, like the Z4.
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