AUTOS: Booming Small Cars

General Motors last week finally climbed aboard the booming small-foreign-ear bandwagon. G.M. Boss Harlow H. Curtice announced that G.M. in September will begin U.S. sales of its English-built Vauxhall Victor and West German-built Opel Rekord, both four-cylinder sedans previously sold by G.M. only outside the U.S.

G.M.'s Victor, a yard shorter, a foot narrower and 1,000 Ibs. lighter than a Chevrolet, is a 55-h.p. wrap-around-look car that gets 35 miles per gallon. It is expected to sell for about $1,800 v. Chevrolet's cheapest price of about $2,000. The Opel, which approximates the Victor in performance, will get a face-lift before appearing...

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