Hooniverse Asks- Historically, What Cross-Brand Component – or Car – Sharing Have You Found the Most Appalling?
One of the things that we are all taught – usually as early as pre-school – is that sharing is a good thing. I mean, it is when it’s tasty cookies or perhaps a scrap of wreckage floating in the icy North Atlantic – THERE WAS ROOM FOR TWO, ROSE! – and not necessarily when it’s bad news, or a case of the crabs.
When it comes to the auto industry, that lesson about sharing is one many of its members have well learned, both for better and for worse. Sometimes sharing – such as Ferrari offering up versions of its amazing V8 to both Maserati and Alfa Romeo – ends up a win-win-win. Other times, like in the instance of the wildly unfortunate Toyota Cavalier, which was foisted upon Japan by the partnership of that company and an obviously Nihon-antagonistic (and possibly drunk) General Motors, it couldn’t have turned out worse. Well, I guess it could have, Rodan could have emerged from a volcano and vaporized all other transportation options with his supersonic speed, forcing the nation into the US-built cross-dressers. That would have been worse.
Yeah, so sometimes it doesn’t work out so well, and it’s those low points in the history of sharing that I want to discuss today. It may not even be an entire car either, it could be a part – like the VW (which to many is code for nazi) engines in that most American of cars, the Gremlin, an act that made a lie of the Kenosha-based company’s very name- American Motors, my ass! What do you think, is that sharing taken to a new low, or do you have an example of auto makers going Dutch that you find even more appalling?
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