My answer was thorough and flexible enough to address that - IOW, I
don't think I ignored that aspect of what he may have intended as you
imply. For example, I said:
"...In that respect, the nominal manufacturer can choose the quality
level of every component based on their own formula of vehicle price
point, long-term public perception of their brand, etc., etc., etc."
That covers cars within a given "class", range, or whatever you want to
call it, as well as over all classes/ranges/whatever.
I mean, you have to admit that "etc., etc., etc." is pretty damn broad!! :)
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