Talking about auto platforms isn’t the most exciting topic in the world. It’s definitely not water cooler talk since one needs to have a certain understanding of the industry to have a grasp on the importance of platforms and the role they play in the manufacturing process of vehicles. That’s really the hidden secret of this particular component of a car. You rarely see them physically, but they’re considered the backbone of every vehicle because, quite literally, cars take shape depending on the size of a specific platform. I bring this up because Mercedes-Benz is in the news thanks to its next-generation front-wheel-drive platform, which it says can accommodate as many as eight different models.