The subject was platforms — and the debate lively between chief executives of two German car importers. Voicing their decidedly different philosophies on shared platforms were Gerd H. Klauss of Volkswagen of America Inc. and Michael Jackson of Mercedes-Benz USA Inc., speaking before the American International Automobile Dealers Assn.'s 22nd annual congress in Washington last week. Mr. Jackson sparked things off by saying, “We felt it impossible (after the Daimler-Benz AG/Chrysler Corp. ...

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