One entirely unintended result of the excellent driving dynamics of Ford Motor Co.’s Focus: Ford’s best chassis engineers were immediately "head-hunted" by rival automakers. Of course, there is constant movement of engineers between the manufacturers. It’s inevitable, it happens in many other industries — and is especially prevalent when, like Audi AG and BMW AG, their R&D centers are located less than 50 miles (80 km) apart. In the case of Ford and the Focus, however, it’s become a ...

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