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Old September 20, 2012, 09:31 PM   #6
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
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The first use I heard of the term was in the auto industry, where the basic frame was and is called the platform. So a platform can be used for a four door sedan, a convertible, a pickup truck, a delivery van, etc. The car magazines picked up the term, and it spread from there.

It means any base or basic item to which parts and accessories can be added to produce different versions.

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