LONDON — 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 car is in the process of falling. A coming proliferation of niche models in Europe means the average production run will drop from about 85,000 units a year now to 70,000 in 2002, analalysts at Standard & Poor's DRI say. Product cycles are getting shorter, which means the lifetime figures are even more dramatic. In 1999, the ...

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