The euroncap ratings have done quite a bit of harm to car design as well. I am not convinced that the extra crash safety gained by ruining rear visibility is really a positive overall. Very difficult to prove, but I like cars where you can see what is behind you.
EURONCAP has certainly affected the size of A, B & C Pillars but I think the problem you link to is more related to the shift towards SUVs and Trucks in the US and now EU.
One of my other card has two pedals and two buttons.
The clutch is a button, as is the starter motor button (but the motor was probably retrofitted).
Then we have a brake and accelerator pedal, where the brake pedal operates the rear brakes by a cable, and the hand brake operates the front brakes by a different cable.
Only dead fish go with the flow!
I learnt to drive on vehicles with three pedals. And three gear levers.
An elderly visitor asked me to reverse her Subaru Forester out of our drive for her, as I got in she cautioned me that it was a "three pedal automatic", asked to explain she told me the right hand pedal was the accelerator, the middle the clutch, and the foot rest the brake! As she has clocked over 10k miles in it without hitting anything I decided not to cause confusion by disabusing her of her belief.
*Rules were made for the guidance of wise men and fools" - I am neither*whistle*
... which reminds me of the Audi 5000.