Thanks for the information. I simply posted what I had been told, from a trusted source.
This is in fact a "soft launch", as reported already by several media outlets. The Rondo itself has not yet made on its home page, not even on its media site.
As far as ad budget is concerned, you are correct it will not be allocated until 1st quarter 07, but plenty of other new introductions also have had zero or few ad budget. The difference, however, is dealer allocations. To the best of my knowledge, only a few dealers have Rondos on the lot.
The original plan called for early 07 release in NA, possibly as a 08 model.
I speculate we will see the NA debut of the Rondo at the LA auto show next week.