Don't judge a car by its body


The old adage of not judging a book by its cover applies well to many automobiles on offer in today's crowded car market.

Automakers are increasingly turning to common platforms to manufacture multiple makes and models and thus save on costs through using the same designs for subsystems and employing common components. Just look at the Volkswagen Group, with some common platforms spanning four makes: Audi, Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda for models including the A3, Golf, Toledo, and Octavia.

This common platform trend is not limited to vehicles from the same OEM, however. Ferrari and Maserati, for example, reportedly use a common platform for their respective California and GrandTurismo. The development history is complex, with Maserati previously owned by Ferrari and now in the Fiat stable. Further, Fiat adapted the GrandTurismo platform for the 8C Competizione sports car sold by group company Alfa Romeo....
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