The 2006 edition of this briefing was so popular, we decided to bring out an updated version again this year! In it we analyse the top global automotive manufacturers' approaches to platform strategy, particularly Renault Nissan, Volkswagen, Toyota, GM, Fiat and Ford. The briefing also includes the top 50 global automotive platforms for 2006, and discusses where platforms have gone wrong. We give an overview of the emerging markets, and take a look at the development of current platforms that are designed to be used for more than one model cycle.