Surprised the lancia thesis didn't make the list. An independent chassis that only sold 16000 must have cost them and fiat a fortune
Yes and I suppose the big challenge for the industry is now to use same platforms etc.. but make them appear different enough for all the models it produces with those parts
It's all down to how many Lancia had projected to sell in the first place.. also, a lot of the drivetrain parts for Thesis came from within the group, and it's possible that some of the developments could have been "sold on" to other members of the group to keep the true cost down.Surprised the lancia thesis didn't make the list. An independent chassis that only sold 16000 must have cost them and fiat a fortune
I always thought this too. You can then amortise costs on the tooling to offset VW profits and supply them internally at a good price to your British luxury maker. Real world testing and a halo model for VW. The Veyron is basically a prototype with parts from the racing industry , much of it in Southern England .As I understand it the main purpose of the Phaeton was to get a lot of the components, particularly the W12 engine, used in Bentleys into production & into use by customers before committing to Bentley production - a few engine failures would have been a disaster for Bentley's image, much less so for VW's.
Which they later backtracked on, but far far too late.They had to buy Mondeo bits from Ford . Could have included intellectual property at whatever price. The main issue must have been the giving away of the all wheel drive system . Just to avoid being described as fwd.
Indeed but you can say to Ferrari owners, you own a Fiat, Porsche owners a Beetle and Lamborghini a tractor. The list is probably longer.The X type is an evil abomination. Anybody who owns one, just ask em how their Mondeo is...That really p*sses them off...(only an opinion of course).