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USA: DC and MMC advance platform-sharing plans - Wards

By just-auto.com editorial team | 9 October 2001

A report in Wards indicates that DaimlerChrysler and Mitsubishi Motors' plans to share platforms in key volume segments are well advanced.

In an interview with the publication, Richard O. Schaum, head of product development, quality and passenger car operations for DC, said that the two automakers have formed a joint procurement and supply team, and components are out for bid to see how much can be shared between the next-generation cars.

The two companies plan to co-develop small C- (Dodge Neon/Mitsubishi Mirage and Lancer) and D-segment (Chrysler Sebring/Dodge Stratus/Mitsubishi Galant and Eclipse) car platforms.

Mr Schaum told Wards that the next-generation Neon and Lancer architectures should be close to 68% identical, what he says is the maximum amount for vehicles with exclusive sheet metal and interiors.

However, only about 40% of upcoming replacements for the Mitsubishi Galant/Eclipse and Dodge Stratus/Chrysler Sebring will be shared. The reason for that is that 'Mitsubishi already is two years along in development of the new Galant platform.'



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