While world platforms with average runs of more than 1 million units are becoming more common, the actual average production run for many parts on a vehicle is in the process of falling. Proliferation of niche models means the average annual production run will fall from about 85,000 units now to 70,000 by 2002, says a study by Standard & Poors, DRI. Product cycles also are getting shorter, meaning the lifetime figures are even more dramatic. In 1999, the average part in Europe a lifetime production of more than 6 million units, but it will fall to only 4.5 million by 2002, says the study.

No more Navistar — just International

Navistar International reaches back to 1914 to re-brand all of its business units under the International logo. The logo for the heavy-duty truck and bus maker will make its official debut at the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, KY, in March. Navistar recorded its second best year in history in 1999 with net income of $366 million, up 44% over 1998's $254 million. The company's best earnings were $370 million posted in 1979, when it was called International Harvester.