Crowds gathered around it every day at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. They stopped and looked at it for several minutes: Chrysler Group’s Stow ’n Go seating display. Honda pioneered fold-away third-row seats in ’99 Odyssey minivan. The exhibit featured a cutaway Chrysler Town and Country minivan and its second- and third-row seats that disappeared into the vehicle’s floor in a matter of seconds. It was as if people were gawking at the Ford ...

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