Business: 1961-Model Preview

The big shift of U.S. car buyers to compacts—which last week accounted for 27.9% of auto sales—has forced Detroit to completely realign its 1961 new-model plans. The result will be a major series of body-styling and engine changes to meet the public's demand for economy in size and performance. Not only will there be more—and bigger—compacts, but standard-size cars will come smaller.

The big Fords will be cut in overall length. While trimming its standard cars, and increasing the horsepower in its bigger-sized compact Comet, Ford is also heading into even smaller areas....

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