As the global auto industry becomes ever more competitive, the pressure to deliver a high volume of products and sales per platform is driving companies to develop mega-platforms that underpin millions of global sales units. And sorry folks, but mass market cars aren’t going to become less homogeneous any time soon… in fact PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Anthony Pratt took a look into his magic crystal ball recently, and he forecasts that in just over five years, a mere ten platforms will account for over 27 million units of global sales volume. It’s just the next step on the way to the ultimate dystopia: a world in which every new car in the world is identical under the skin. Spooky! Hit the jump for more details on the (projected) top ten platforms of 2016.
Via Automotive News [sub]:
1. Renault-Nissan X85: 3.9 million units. The X85 is best known for the Nissan Micra and Renault Clio superminis, but it also is used on the Nissan Versa, Juke and Cube. Renault’s no-frills Romanian subsidiary, Dacia, uses this versatile platform, too.
2. Volkswagen MQB: 3.86 million units. The MQB, which is just being launched and will be used on a scant 24,000 vehicles in 2010, will provide the mechanicals for nearly all of VW’s front-wheel-drive models. The VW Polo, Golf and Passat are likely to generate the biggest volume. Interestingly, the midsized sedan to be produced in VW’s new Chattanooga, Tenn., plant will use an older platform instead of the MQB architecture. VW did that to keep the price down.
3. Toyota MC: 3.3 million units. With hot-selling models such as the Camry, RAV4 and Prius, this is the auto industry’s largest current platform, with 3 million units in 2010.
5. Fiat 199: 2.6 million units. This platform underpins the Palio, Punto, Uno and other small cars — the heart of Fiat’s lineup. The Italian automaker plans to introduce Dodge and Chrysler variants.
6. Hyundai HD: 2.5 million units. In North America, this platform supports the Hyundai Elantra and Tucson, plus the Kia Sportage and Forte. As Hyundai gains share in Europe, the United States and China, look for it to move steadily up this list.
7. Toyota NBC: 2.2 million units. This platform, which informally stood for “New Basic Car,” spawned the Yaris supermini and Scion xD, among others. Toyota plans to spin off a small hybrid from this platform.
8. GM Gamma: 2.1 million units. The Opel Corsa is this platform’s top seller. In the United States, the Chevrolet Spark and Aveo will carry Gamma’s DNA.
9. GM Delta: 2.0 million units. The Chevrolet Cruze and Opel Astra will be big sellers — proof that GM can design common platforms for Europe and the United States. In China, the Buick Excelle has carved out a profitable niche.