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Fascinating that Sergio Marchionne seems to find that everything is expensive, and there is always a place on the planet that is less money for one reason or another. At the same time FAC gets hit with a 105M fine for mishandling recalls. Think about that for a moment...105M fine.
An informative article on how to save money assembling vehicles Japans Back Door.
The thought vector in the auto industry is to use universal components, and increasingly with the smaller size of vehicles sharing even more of these components. One common platform, common components, with different bodies, finishes, interiors to uphold the branding.
It all makes a ton of sense to save money...and perhaps, hopefully, presumably provide more value to the customer. Better yet...perhaps customers don't even care.
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We will see cases where the concept will be stretched, especially within the "premium economy" segment. Customers will pay a premium for the brand, a better interior, the touch points, and have a common money saving platform that perhaps does not fit the brand.
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How many combinations of a 4 cylinder with a turbo coupled to a multispeed automatic do you think we will see? Agreed there is already a ton of 4 cylinders with a turbo. As well as a wide variety of multispeed (more than 5) automatic transmissions. The torque curve of these 4 cylinders is fascinating since each manufacturer has their own vision of how their engine should torque up.
Are we finally witnessing the demise of the manual (with a clutch pedal) transmission? Would you really prefer padelling around to shift gears?
Think of this...the old rule of thumb was that if a manual had X gears, an automatic could have X minus 1 with the torque converter compensating for 1 gear. Now that automatic transmissions have 8 gears a manual would have 9 gears...who will actually use and shift a manual transmission with 9 gears?
Agreed its also getting into truck territory with a 5 speed and 2 speed rear axle for a total of 10 if all the shifts would be split. Or a 13 speed, or delete the overdrive splitter on the 13 speed and its down to 9 speed. Think of this...cars have comparable gears to medium and heavy duty trucks.
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