Probably the headline alone will have caused cardiac fibrillation in some readers. Tom and his Audi - are things coming to an end? In another Saab blog, it was BMWs that ushered in a break. And now? Audi. Ingolstadt. Daytime running lights fetishism. Of all places!
I plead guilty. There is a black point in my past. Half a dozen Audis lost their way to me in the distant past. Mostly as a company car, and the liaison was mainly due to family ties. I liked the Audis, but then the Swedes came with Saab ... at some point all Audis were gone. However, the brand didn't want to leave me alone.
If I go to the counter of a car rental company, I regularly receive an upgrade. You guessed it ... on an Audi. Whether I want to or not, and before I can protest, I am maneuvered towards the 4-ring car with the key in hand. Love can be one-sided, I admit that. Because while the brand is chasing me, I don't reciprocate their advances.
Audis are the dream cars of many people. And probably 99,99% of the population would be happy about free upgrades. Only the 0,01% client unbending Saab not stretching. Maybe, yes, maybe, but they are also signs that should not be ignored. Because weird things happen.
Help, I caught an Audi!
A few days ago: A parking lot somewhere in northern Germany. With a friend I was picking up a new Saab. The power on Zicke, pivots the engine warning light. The alarm will later turn out to be trivial and has nothing to do with Audi. But at this moment the disaster begins!
Before we start to continue our journey (we are traveling with two vehicles), I look at my smartphone. The Blackberry shows the Audi rings! Help, I've got an Audi!
Look left. Look right. Slowly and very carefully. Hidden Camera? Or did we accidentally hack an Ingolstadt?
In front of me is a Volvo V70, behind me a Saab. I myself sit in my Turbo X. No Audi far and wide! Damn, where did I get the Audi? I'm still in a good mood, I reckon with the singularity of the event. The Nikon is in the passenger seat ready, shot proof photo for friends, and on it goes.
At the next stop, the Audi will have done, I think. Still ! But the Audi is persistent. Engine off, Bluetooth connection disconnected. After half an hour drive. The Blackberry connects again with my Audi uh Saab. You are now talking on your Audi. Yes, already understood. My fear: I will not let go of the Audi. The 4 rings are beaming at me!
A GM logo would have surprised me slightly, an Alfa or Porsche sign I would have taken with humor. But now Audi. The brand, whose drivers usually maintain my privacy with the 2 millimeter safety margin at Tempo 200, is now penetrating my smartphone and my Saab.
What do the rings want to tell me? Should I drive Audi in the future, or write a blog, apply for a job in Ingolstadt? Maybe, actually, you would appreciate a well-made blog. Is there a secret strategy behind the logo? Are digital Audi partisans about to target the last remaining Saabs with a virus? Is that the gagging tactic? The 4 rings stay until you have completed a purchase contract? Interesting question, the industry is known to fight for every customer. I'm at a loss!
My Saab has been an Audi for days now. That is hard. A lot. And I can't get used to it. The workshop where the Haldex was serviced declines all responsibility. No software has been updated. The Blackberry also makes innocent. In the 9-5 it is neutral. In the TX it sees an Audi. It can be ruled out that it was infected by a rental Audi. It was never in a Bluetooth marriage with you either, readers know. Deleting the connection and reinstalling it does not help. The problem is not known in the Crackberry Forum. Or just the other way around. Audi drivers are unhappy when the rings don't appear on their smartphones. Nobody wants to get rid of it.
What now? Is this the higher sign? Should I send an application to Audi Communications, sell the Turbo X, send the Blackberry into the desert? Or ignore the 4 rings and sit out the thing?