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Product costing and benchmarking

Benchmarking technical and commercial solutions against competitors

The development of benchmarking capabilities in the automotive industry has improved transparency of product costs significantly. However, only a few car makers have been able to commit the additional capacity and investment required to develop these high-performing techniques. In addition, few cost-engineering functions deliver savings on models already under development while increasing benchmarking activities and achieving 100% cost transparency.

PA Perfect Cost Grid® – the first web-based benchmarking and cost-engineering platform for the automotive industry – gives your purchasing, cost engineering and development staff timely online access to the model costing results they need to develop competitively priced vehicles, achieve significant savings in product costs and minimise investment.

The costing and benchmarking database lets you compare technical and commercial solutions with competing vehicles and gives insight into product description, bill of material and visual documentation such as photos or drawings for systems, components and parts.

Benefitting from continuous updates with new models every year

We update this database continuously through our dedicated Benchmarking Factory: every year, we purchase new models, strip them down to pieces and calculate the cost of all major parts and systems. After the start with three new models in the C-segment in 2013 this number increases to new models in 2014 focusing on small vans and D-segment cars (Mercedes C-Class, VW Passat).

The PA Perfect Cost Grid® is informed by PA’s extensive experience in the automotive sector. We have worked with leading global car makers and suppliers – including Fiat, Inalfa and Magna – alongside all segments, systems, cost drivers, and programme phases, helping them save hundreds of million of euros in shortest possible time.

For using the PA Perfect Cost Grid® to achieve 100% cost transparency on your vehicles, or for a personal presentation, please contact us now.