TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Utilizing lessons learned by Ford Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp. has launched a product-development program that is “prototype-less,” a Ford executive reveals. The vehicle will be derived from a proven platform, Chris Theodore, vice president-advanced product creation, tells Ward's. But it will exist only in cyberspace until the time comes to test in-plant production systems. The Mazda6 architecture is enjoying wide use. Historically, auto makers have relied ...

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