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    Automotive tear-downs

    The article is a couple of years old, and really out of date in some respects (" A teardown of the 2004 Prius two years ago helped sour GM on hybrid technology.") but it's still an interesting read about how automakers tear apart the competition's vehicles to see how much they cost to make.

    http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.02/teardown.html

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    Re: Automotive tear-downs

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    The article is a couple of years old, and really out of date in some respects (" A teardown of the 2004 Prius two years ago helped sour GM on hybrid technology.") but it's still an interesting read about how automakers tear apart the competition's vehicles to see how much they cost to make.

    http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.02/teardown.html

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    Good read

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    Re: Automotive tear-downs

    Some insights are big and obvious. Toyota, for instance, installs many of the same parts, from seats to door handles, in models as diverse as the inexpensive Corolla and the luxury Lexus.
    I've noticed that myself. The window switch panel is the same on a Corolla, up through a Lexus ES. The only difference might be that the high trim levels will have fake wood appliques on it.

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    The Japanese automakers copy European cars a lot. I've got an older Camry and a slightly older Mercedes roadster. Some of the smallest details are copied directly. Instead of turning backwards like an American car to use the accessory position, both cars you turn to accessory and then to run. Both cars have ridges on the side of the windshield to keep water from rolling off the side of the windshield and instead go over the roof. Even the model nomenclature is similar. The Lexus looks similar to an M-B car and the Mercedes SL is copied in the Lexus LS.

    Honda does the same thing with it's Infinity brand and the BMW. A hot rod BMW is the M3 and a hotrod Infinit is the M45.
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    Re: Automotive tear-downs

    For a long time the Japanese makers were copying the style of European cars, but not the substance.

    But with the introduction of Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti, the engineering on the cars has caught up, and in some ways, surpassed the Europeans.

    Stuff like the design of the A-pillars. Mercedes was engineering them to withstand rollovers long before anyone else.

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    Re: Automotive tear-downs

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    Honda does the same thing with it's Infinity brand and the BMW. A hot rod BMW is the M3 and a hotrod Infinit is the M45.
    First of all, Infiniti is Nissan, not Honda. And the performance-oriented Infiniti is the G37. M is Infiniti's attempt at a luxury sedan.

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    Re: Automotive tear-downs

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
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    Honda does the same thing with it's Infinity brand and the BMW. A hot rod BMW is the M3 and a hotrod Infinit is the M45.
    First of all, Infiniti is Nissan, not Honda. And the performance-oriented Infiniti is the G37. M is Infiniti's attempt at a luxury sedan.

    You're quite right. Honda has the Acura brand. On a related note, car companies redesign trim and such as it sells cars. Small parts don't change much. Take a GM window crank. For years, they would interchange. ANY product from GM could use the crank off any other GM product. Chevrolet to Cadillac they all used the same mounting. Slightly different looks sometimes but often not.
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