The next-generation Mazda Protege will come from a shared platform with Ford Motor Co. but it is not the Focus platform, says Stephen Odell, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Mazda Motor Corp.'s North American operations. It will be a “new, genuinely shared platform, jointly developed,” says Mr. Odell, defining platform as “basic hardware on which you hang electronics.” He says he does not know if Ford and Mazda will contribute equally or who will take the lead ...

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