Mitsubishi's Lancer will serve as the platform for DaimlerChrysler Corp.'s next-generation Neon small car, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. officials confirm to Ward's. Mitsubishi and DaimlerChrysler AG, which purchased a controlling share in the Japanese automaker last year, have been seeking ways to cut costs, through back-office synergies and platform sharing. Mitsubishi will develop seven platforms and an unspecified number of powertrains jointly with DC's Chrysler unit. The small car ...

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