It is done by the automotive industry to save the costs of development by basing the products on a smaller number of platforms. This allows companies to create distinct models from similar underpinnings. It is also done with commercial vehicles like trucks and vans.
- Edmonston, Phil (2003). Lemon-Aid Used Cars and Minivans 2004. Penguin Group. p. 294. ISBN 978-0-670-04375-0. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
if you ignore the hype, know how to separate symbol from substance, and are smart enough to know that most the high-end models don't give you much more than their lower-priced entry-level versions. For example, the Lexus ES 300 is a Toyota Camry with a higher price
- Brylawski, Michael (1999). Uncommon knowledge: automobile platform sharing's potential impact on advanced technologies, pre-print for the 1st International Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Automotive Conference. International Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20101128200435/http://rmi.org/rmi/Library/T99-10_UncommonKnowledge. Retrieved 6 November 2010