More Expensive Cars Are About To Get Cheap Platforms - But Why?
|   Thursday, January 19, 2017
The world is changing and the automotive industry makes no exception. The giant cost synergies of this innovative field have led, in time, to a wide range of complicated associations. Considering that automakers tried out re-badging other companies' products or using the exact same parts or features to many different vehicles, it's safe to say that they'd do anything for the sake of their company.

The practice of using similar parts on different car models is expected to increase in popularity over the next couple of years.
This is a great solution from all points of view, as the manufacturing process costs a lot less and the best parts get to be used in various types of cars. The clients are pleased as well, of course, as it's easier for anyone to find the right features in their dream-vehicle.

So far, everything seams peachy, but there's one disadvantage that may cost auto companies more than they may be prepared to spend to fix it. If a certain platform element that was used in many car models breaks down, producers would be forced to recall a much larger number of vehicles than they would have if they used unique parts for each model. If we were to calculate the cost of such an event, we'd better hope it never happens!

But, to get a better idea over what it might mean, let's take the well known Volkswagen Dieselgate. In this case, a simple 'defeat device' created to trick emissions tests regarding the engine architecture of a wide range of vehicles turned out to be a disaster. Because of this misfortune, the Volkswagen Group will have to spend billions of dollars to fix the vehicles, pay fines and, of course, there's no telling in how this kind of events affect the company's image and reliability.

On the other hand, the very fact that cars are now built using the same parts or parts produced by different companies leads to a much more careful manufacturing process. Even so, however, this rather new manner of building cars represents a risk that more and more companies are willing to take.
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