DETROIT – The number of unique North American vehicle platforms is expected to shrink rapidly over the next four years, as U.S. auto makers, in particular, embrace globalization after years of talking about it. “North American vehicle platforms are going away fast,” says James Ricci, director-advisory services for Grant Thornton, an automotive consultancy. “Size and scale matter more than ever.” Among domestic auto makers, General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. are making the greatest ...

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