Why some cars have dashboards in the middle?


There are increasingly more number of cars are appearing in market with dashboard in the middle of center console rather than in front of the driver.

The car salesmen try to send the message that it looks contemporary and it makes some storage compartment available in front of drivers – just like passengers.

However, the real reason is cost saving for manufacturers. Central console makes it possible to create same dashboard assembly for both left and right hand drive cars! For millions of cars manufactured, the cost saving is substantial.

Traditional dashboard with dials just behind steering is easier for drivers to look at.  When dashboard is in central console, driver’s eyes need to stare sideways to look at the dials. This makes reading of dials slower than what would have been if the dials were in front of driver.

Once again, cost saving compromises user’s practicality.

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