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      11-25-2009, 01:18 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by smmmurf View Post
I don't know how much an M3 costs to make. I'm guessing actual production costs including labor and materials (but excluding R&D) are probably somewhere between 40-50%. This is a totally uneducated guess.
Perhaps in other markets using other currencies, but not in the US. In the US, profit margin is very tight. In Europe, profit margin is very normal but sales volume sucks. The US market trades higher unit profit for higher sales volume.

In Germany for example, the car costs about 30% more in US dollars. Therefore comparatively to most other markets we're buying new BMWs for a fraction of the cost in those other markets. And yet we still complain???
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