A financial option, though perfectly acceptable (and understandable) for people across segments, still has a social stigma (in the Indian context) of ‘not being able to afford the full amount’ attached to it.
So, while the Audi does qualify as a ‘status symbol’ in India – it has a presence when on Indian roads, and is expensive enough (the EMIs are for a period of 5 years), advertising the EMI makes no sense, even though offering the EMI to a customer who walks in, does. It’s something you don’t mind one customer communicating to another, but you do mind it being flashed on the front page of a popular financial daily.
A sales promotion should be a marketers last option; the price of a brand that banks on exclusivity is strictly off limits. In this case, the perceived price drops drastically and becomes affordable, and non-exclusive.
The following two parts of the ad work against each other:
I can imagine a few CEO’s sitting down and downing their Blue Labels, and one pointedly asking the other – So, you got your new Audi A6 at 77k a month on installments or did you pay the full amount?
Harneet adds that this is probably not Audi advertising this, but Euro Motors. I hope Audi is aware of this advertisement.