Detroit made a fast start into 1956 last week. As most of the automakers rolled out their new models for the press, the assembly lines were already turning out the cars at a rate of 124,000 a week. Though many dealers still worried about the number of '55 models standing on their lots, the carryover was rapidly shrinking. G.M. reported the best early September sales in its history.

As expected, prices will be up on almost all new cars. Ford, first to hand out its list, tacked almost 5% on to the prices of...

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