In an ongoing effort to shave costs and reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, Ford is beginning to replace glossy molded-plastic interior parts with components made of a new resin that doesn’t require application of a clear-coat finish. Developed with supplier BASF, the resin is being employed initially on the power window switch surround of the ’13 Ford Fusion. Not only does the resin make parts more affordable by eliminating the traditional clear-coast finish, it also cuts ...

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