As head of product development for DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group, he has to convince American engineers to stop doing what they do best -- change things. That's because Mr. Schaum is leading a program to merge Chrysler small and midsize car platforms -- those used for the Dodge Neon, Dodge Stratus and Chrysler Sebring -- with the underpinnings from Mitsubishi's Lancer and Galant. Developing a new vehicle from the ground up can be expensive -- $500 million or more -- and the idea is ...

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