Table: Costly Challenges

The proliferation of "crossover vehicles" is putting new strains on carmakersSPEEDIER PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Carmakers must bring new concepts to market faster to cash in on fickle consumer preferencesBETTER ENGINEERING

To cut costs, designers have to increase component sharing among vehicles even as each auto must look distinctiveMORE FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING

As markets fragment into niches, plants will have to crank out a variety of models in smaller batchesSTRONGER MARKETING

Advertising will have to do a better job of differentiating among similar models so consumers don't get confused

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