DETROIT – The former Chrysler Corp.’s grandiose dream of building sexy, lightweight and low-cost plastic cars is stalled in the research phase, apparently a victim of budget cuts and changing priorities at the auto maker following its acquisition by Daimler-Benz AG in 1998. A major research and development partnership formed to carry out the effort was dissolved at the end of last year, and a giant plastic injection molding machine that was the centerpiece of the operation is currently ...
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