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Old 11-30-2006, 02:01 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Hazdaz View Post
The Camry has most definitely NOT been on the same platform for 20 years... and neither has the 3 or 5-series been on the same platforms for generations.
I don't know where you are getting this wrong info, but please stop.

With your thinking... this car:

and this car...

.. share a platform.
Nope. Sorry, wrong answer.
Engineering teardown. They take the previous generation, fix/upgrade some components, re-style and it's a 'new' car. There have been several generations between the two you show. Believe me, it's fustrating to fix problems when components get re-designed every generation and new problems creep up, then go benchmark competitors that have been using the same (refined) components for generations.

IIRC, the 3-series never re-started with a blank slate. They choose to fix/refine what they don't like about the previous chassis and go from there. To be honest, that's why it has such great driving dynamics with a strut front suspension; they kept refining it generation over generation.

Maybe it's a matter of perspective.

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