Volkswagen won’t be Europe’s only carmaker extensively sharing parts and modules between its lower- and upper-medium models.
With the next-generation Mondeo, Ford will follow in VW’s footsteps. VW’s new Passat is based on the Golf. Ford’s new Mondeo will be on a longer version of the Focus’ C1 architecture.
The basic C1 architecture introduced in 2003 is already used for the lower-medium Focus, Focus C-Max, Mazda3, Mazda5 and Volvo S40 and V50. The next-generation Mondeo expected in early 2007 and the next Galaxy large minivan will sit on an extended C1 architecture.
Other European carmakers still use different platforms for their lower- and upper-medium models.
Opel/Vauxhall used an existing platform for the new Astra. The Vectra is built on General Motors’ Epsilon architecture.
The French share platforms for upper-medium and large vehicles.
Renault has a new platform for the Laguna upper-medium, Vel Satis large and Espace large minivan.
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen uses its PF3 platform for the Citroen C5 upper-medium and the new C6 large car. Peugeot does the same with its corresponding models, the 407 and 607.