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 ...

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