Originally Posted by bill_de
Years ago when everything was done with pen to paper you could order just about any option you wanted. It was often cheaper to buy it as part of a package or level upgrade, but not necessary.
Now, with computers monitoring the orders and production, why do the manufacturers resist giving the customer more choice? Is it just marketing, or is there more to it?
Less choices = simpler manufacturing. They build WAY more cars nowdays than they did back then, and it'd be damn near impossible to offer the ability to do inexpensive 1 off cars. Especially on high volume selling cars.
Plus, the dealers want people to buy off their lots. Less choices means you're more likely to find what you'd configure yourself on their lot, or at least nearby so they can get it.
Add in the fact that any manufacturing operation worth its salt nowdays is running just in time supplies, the logistics of one off cars is mind boggling.
As far as why the US didn't get the mirrors at first, I have no defense for it. My guess is it was something they held back to make "upgrades" during the life cycle, like a myriad of the things that the '14 is going to offer. Just stuff to get some people to come back and give them more money for another new vehicle.