AUTOS: New Entry

When Nash's President George Mason decided to explore the market for a small car four years ago, he took the public in as a partner. Mason had his engineers and designers build an experimental model, the "N.X.I." (TIME, Jan. 16, 1950), then showed it around the U.S., inviting suggestions from 250,000 car buyers. This week, as the result of the partnership, President Mason brought out a small, peppy economy car, the Metropolitan.

The Metropolitan looks much like a baby brother to Nash's Rambler. It has a short wheelbase (85 in.), a four-cylinder, 42-h.p. engine that gets 40 miles to the gallon,...

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