The compact second-generation Peugeot 308 will get a successor this year.
Short-term trend reversal with perhaps higher costs
Since it is unlikely that Peugeot still had large quantities of pointer instruments stashed away, newly produced displays seem to be used in the 308. The new old technology uses considerably fewer processors. However, it could even be more expensive to produce than a modern display – it’s not for nothing that manufacturers like to do away with all kinds of mechanical components. The most striking example is currently Tesla: The new Model S no longer even has a gear selector lever – either the vehicle’s computer selects the driving direction itself based on ambient data, or the driver intervenes via the central touchscreen. Electric windows were also quickly cheaper to produce than mechanical systems with a crank – but some manufacturers still charged extra for them for a long time.
Yes, I prefer real hands on the gauges anyway.
No, for me it feels too much like a step backwards.
The worldwide semiconductor shortage is hitting the auto industry harder than initially feared. This is forcing manufacturers to come up with creative solutions – some are having to pause production, massively scale back or drop components.
Peugeot has now come up with a solution to one of the problems caused by the chip shortage that at first seems bizarre, but on closer inspection turns out to be very clever: Instead of its fully digital instruments, the compact 308 now gets instruments with real hands again. This could even be a bit more expensive in production – mechanical components often require more effort than electronic components. However, the losses associated with a loss of production would be incomparably greater.