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Old 09-21-2012, 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by zerobama View Post
I still have this question:

Is lower clearance/higher clearance by itself change the cost of making a car, or not? Not only BMW but in other brands, it seems cars with lower clearance are sold at lower prices than a similarly equipped car with higher clearance. I want to understand why.
I'm not sure they really are. The X1 is priced pretty aggressively for a BMW. Given its capacity, its actually priced cheaper then a 1 series. And the Infiniti G37 sedan and EX35 SUV are priced fairly close to each other as well.

Perhaps in the typical case, you are right, however. I wouldn't think a higher clearance in itself would add that much to the manufacturing of the vehicle. Often times, the cost is somewhat tied to the economies of scale and how many the car companies plan to manufacturer. So a vehicle with higher clearance that doesn't sell nearly as well as a low clearance vehicle will probably be more expensive.
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