bottleENGINE went round / Like a woman down south / Passed on from hand to hand” —Elton John, “Elderberry Wine” [Paraphrased]
Groupthink rarely results in spectacular ideas, or spectacular execution of those ideas. This is true of lots of things, including airships, record albums, and vehicle engines. The two most notorious examples of the latter are the GEMA World Engine, which simultaneously stained the reputations of Chrylser, Hyundai and Mitsubishi, and the PRV V6, which was (unsurprisingly, given its initials) a product Peugeot, Renault and Volvo. It sure sounds like a good idea: distribute the R&D cost between manufacturers and then reap greater economies of scale in production. In reality, it ends up just being a convenient way to deflect blame.
In any case, your EH challenge for today is to think of other engines (or other major components, such as transmissions, or differentials, dome light lens hinges or hydrocopic marzelvanes) that were designed and built by a consortium of otherwise independent* auto makers with
malice aforethought the intention of being shared between manufacturers.
*This does not include stuff shared between divisions or marques within the same parent company, captive imports, badge-engineered derivatives, components made by independent third party suppliers (i.e., Allison, Dana), or stuff scavenged from the carcass of a dying manufacturer after the fact. Double points if you name one that was actually braggable.
Difficulty: Mystery Grab Bag!!!
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