When I see your posts I always remember you telling me that your opinion is better than mine, so in my eyes you always start with a 10 yard penalty, couple that with the above then I go pretty quickly to insulted. And comments, like you telling me that my opinion is wrong (which you did in this thread), on a topic that is as subjective as styling gets me fired up as well. I stated my opinion but the way you come across is your view is fact.It's almost as if you didn't bother looking at it before you made that remark, like the response was pre programmed:
Had you just said "I disagree with you, let me post you a picture and tell you why I think it's a great looking car" then I'd be totally fine with that.
As far as flex in my Honda-ness opinion, most likely there is nothing you can say that will make me say it rivals the 3 Series any more than I can convince you with my views. This will hold true for just about anyone and why there isn't a point in arguing subjective topics at length.
Ever have a friend who thought his girlfriend was the most beautiful thing on the planet and you see "meh" with an awful personality? Any point in arguing with him? I wouldn't argue with him as love is blind, it's his right to like someone and not my place to tell him who to like and not like.
I might change my opinion when I see it in the flesh, for example, in general I despise all things Toyota and really disliked the current gen IS when I first saw it in pictures. But, when I saw it in real life it looked very "fresh" and unique and made the 3 Series and C Class look a little old and stuffy next to it. So, if I can change my mind about a Toyota product I can change it for any other brand out there as there isn't a brand I dislike more than Toyota. Well, one brand I hate more and that's Sears, but they virtually wiped themselves off the map.
As far as "cooking the books", the way a manufacturer of any kind, will allocate development costs on a per unit basis. If a trim piece is solely for a Chevy then it will be allocated 100% to Chevy. But if it is a shared part then costs will be allocated, most likely on units sold. Engineering costs will be the same, most likely they'll develop a per unit cost to allocate the standard cost of the engineering and then at certain points true up the costs to actual based on numbers actually produced. But, that is all internal, therefore a moot topic because we will never see the division results. I'd say internally the numbers will be pretty accurate as they want to gauge how each division is doing and where to properly deploy resources.