• Jun 8, 2006

Those crazy Europeans and their love of socc... er, we mean football... Auto manufacturers are bracing for impact upon the start of the World Cup, which promises to divert the attention of many a potential car buyer to the telly, where England reportedly has a brilliant chance of grabbing the brass ring in the world championships, taking place in Germany.

Now it sounds like the concept should be pretty fundamental. Potential car buyer is distracted by sporting event in June/July, then goes to buy his/her car after the Cup has finished. Not so much. Stats show that the industry doesn't make up the difference later in the summer, indicating that the World Cup truly does have a negative impact upon the automotive industry.

[Source: AutoIndustry.co.uk]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      "where England reportedly has a brilliant chance of grabbing the brass ring in the world championships"

      talk about wishful thinking. please allow me: LOL
      • 8 Years Ago
      That soccer ball creeps me out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As long as that young striker, rooney I think his name is, gets on the field for England, they have at least an outside shot. I'd say somewhat better than the US. Personally, I think the Australians are a real dark horse. I don't think they'll win it, but I could see them sneaking up on some people, similar to what we (US) did to people in 2002.

      As for the soccer ball (yes soccer ball, we won the war, goddamnit!! :-P ), I think its going to give me nightmares. It might rank up there with Izzy and that guy from the '92 Olympics as the scariest mascots ever.
      • 8 Years Ago
      '1. That soccer ball creeps me out.'

      Football, not "soccer"

      ' 2. "where England reportedly has a brilliant chance of grabbing the brass ring in the world championships" Yeah, right.'

      On paper, England have a realistic chance to win the World Cup. If you knew anything about football you'd know that already :)

      If you sell HD tvs and lager then you're going to be a winner. Anything other goods (including cars) you're going to have to wait a month.