To the casual observer, understanding the level of ‘shared’ content between different models and even different carmakers would make for a surprising discovery.
A single engine design can be in production for over a decade with only small updates along the way, powering models for multiple brands and companies.
And while many brands also utilise identical interior and exterior styling components and switches across a number of models, Nissan is reportedly preparing to take the concept even further.
According to industry paper Automotive News, Nissan's expanded parts sharing plan, while focused on saving costs, will actually lift the quality of components in its cheaper models - rather than downgrade its more-pricy offerings.
"We are going to use more common visible parts," Nissan global design chief Shiro Nakamura said, speaking with Automotive News.
"There are cost and quality benefits."
Nissan’s bottom line will likely improve as a result of the move, which stands to reduce investment in engineering by up to 40 percent and purchasing costs by up to 30 percent.
But the carmaker’s customers could benefit as well, as prices for certain models may drop as they become cheaper to build.
Mr Nakamura reportedly said that the strategy would be carefully managed, and aims to raise the profile of Nissan and its various models through stricter quality control (one door handle is easier to monitor for quality than many).
No doubt the world’s carmakers will be watching this experiment with interest.
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