When Jacques Nasser, president and chief executive of Ford Motor Co., saw the new $81 million Volvo Safety Center in Gothenburg, Sweden, this March, the impression was so overwhelming that he immediately decided the company would centralize its passenger-car safety research in that facility. The new Volvo facility is claimed to be the world's most advanced safety research center in the world. Its massive interior houses two crash test tracks, the world's largest crash simulator and an ...

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