AUTOS: Plymouth Progress

Chrysler's Plymouth division began production last week of a new semiautomatic hydraulic transmission system similar to Dodge's fluid drive. With it, the clutch is used only to get into high gear and reverse; after that, no shifting is needed. Plymouth, which will get into full production by April, expects to sell Hy-Drive on 40% of its 1953 output. Cost as optional equipment: $145.80, or at least $30 cheaper than the automatic drives of competitors.

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