Defining mega-platform strategies: The potential impacts of dynamic competition in China

Type de publication:

Journal Article


Li, Z.


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., Volume 18, Number 2, p.142-159 (2018)



At the beginning of the 21st century, automotive markets in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) continued to expand. Compared with declines in the Indian, Russian and Brazilian markets, the Chinese market's steady expansion showed the impact of the country's internal growth and rapid structural market changes. By focusing on the strategic changes of local Chinese automakers, we analyse the potential impacts of mega-platform strategies by shedding light on the challenges faced by local Chinese automakers. We find that ongoing competition for growing diversity of new models is the real reason many Chinese local automakers have strategically shifted to a mega-platform strategy, particularly after Volkswagen launched Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB) production in China. Furthermore, such strategic motives of local Chinese automakers might impact incipient product architecture-defining competition taking place among global leading automakers, such as Nissan's Common Module Family (CMF), Mazda's common architecture (CA) and Toyota's Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which globally expands Volkswagen's MQB. © 2018 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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