Imitation sometimes is called the sincerest form of flattery, but don’t tell that to Ford Motor Co. In addition to all its other woes, Ford says counterfeit replacement parts are costing it $1 billion annually in lost sales revenue around the world. Ford hardly is alone. Thanks to new computer-aided technologies that make it easy to digitally scan and copy everything from shock absorber designs to the sheet metal of entire vehicles, auto makers from General Motors Corp. to BMW AG and ...

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