Originally Posted by bal00
Huh? The cars are stretched because the owner sits in the back, not because stretched cars are a display of wealth. Seems like a pretty practical approach to me, and if you live in a country where driving is a PITA and a driver for a year costs about the same as a factory nav unit, why not?
Well, hiring a chauffeur itself is, while a lot more common in developing countries, still a display of wealth. But I agree it can make practical sense too since labor is cheap in china.
What I was responding to was the fact that people are choosing a stretched 3er to be chauffeured around in. While you always pay for the badge with these premium cars, they are also supposed to be better at certain things than normal cars, thereby justifying at least a part of the price premium. It just seems to me like what the 3 series is good at has so little value to the passenger in the back that it makes me think that it's about as badge whorey as you can get.