So what is really happening is that people that buy the MINI really want a
BMW but can't afford it in just the same way that the SAAB owner didn't
really want an OPEL or VAUXHALL and the PONTIAC owner didn't want a
Chevrolet....or the UK/EURO driver buys a Pontiac Grand-Am coz the
OPEL/VAUXHALL Omega is just too common?....... all made by GM
Does the VOVLO owner have a thing about driving a FORD and the BMW X5 is it
really a road engineered Land Rover?
Where does the FORD Jaguar and the FORD Aston Martin fit in?
Food for thought................
Oh! and was my Rover Sterling really a BMW?
Sir Hugh of Bognor
Remember. You may honestly belive that you understood everything
you thought I said but what you thought you heard wasn't
Where do you get these ideas?
Neither FWD nor V6 engines are intrincicaly cheaper. They fill
particular design needs. There are advantages and disadvantages to
each, but the main ones are not economic.
True, V-6's aren't intrinsically inferior (Ferrari made a number of sweet
ones in various configurations ... more successful than his I-6's too).
Their shorter length offers packaging advantages versus the I-6. The major
advantage to the I-6 is that it can achieve primary and secondary balance
using the proper crankshaft design. V-6's (particularly those that
represent 3/4's of a 90 degree V-8) tend to be rough as the RPM's climb. 60
or 120 degrees included angle in the V can solve that problem (or flat, just
FWD is somewhat cheaper to manufacture and creates a compact drivetrain that
has minimal impact on the passenger compartment. It also tends to be more
difficult to work on when major service is required.
R / John
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