DETROIT – Look what Ford Motor Co. has started. With the addition of independent rear suspensions (IRS) on Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer and the upcoming 2003 Lincoln Navigator/Ford Expedition, surely every SUV producer will clamor for IRS. That appears to be the hope of at least two prominent automotive suppliers that appear ready to take IRS to an even larger audience. Both ArvinMeritor Inc. and American Axle & Mfg. Inc. (AAM) have invested a fair amount of cash and engineering ...

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