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How are car brands doing to cut costs?

Manufacturers are not lacking in imagination to offer entry-level cars at low prices. Here are some common practices used by them to reduce costs!

Since the beginnings of the automobile industry, manufacturers have always sought to reduce production costs of their cars, and in particular for entry-level vehicles.

One of the first examples that comes to mind remains the very first 2CV from Citroën, and in particular its prototype version the « Cyclope », which only had one lighthouse as its name suggests. In 1942, the installation of two headlights was not obligatory at the time, because the 2CV entered the category of “motor quadricycles”!

Today, cost reduction for low-cost cars is made possible by several tips from the manufacturers. Here are a few !

Less wheel nuts

Some cars have five, four or even three! It may seem trivial, but the less a car has wheel nuts, the more the brand saves. Indeed, on a large scale, on large production volumes, it is always what is taken by the manufacturers of low-cost models.

One windshield wiper

Of course, place only one wiper always costs less than installing two! Likewise, the manufacturer will only have one electric motor to install to make it work. We think in particular of the Twingo I appeared in the 90s with its unique arm articulated on the windshield!

A one-piece seat

In the cheapest cars on the market, five-star comfort is not the main criterion for manufacturers. a one piece seat with the integrated headrest saves costs!

Window control in the center console

Again and again savings. By placing the window commandos in the central console, this makes it possible to reduce the parts present in the doors and thus to save money. We are thinking in particular of some Fiat models such as the Fiat 500 or the late Punto, which are customary.

The same door on each side

What better way to reduce production costs than to manufacture unique doors ? This is particularly the case of the electric micro-city car Citroën AMI, which has two identical doors, with an opening in a different direction for each side!

Reused driving controls

We all have the example ofAlpine A110 at the top, billed at more than 58 000 € which uses the same commodos behind the wheel as a… Renault Clio for example ! Everything is good to save money, and sometimes even with more high-end models …

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