AUTOS: Horse-Sense Order

The largest single truck & trailer order in automotive history was announced last week by the Army. Dimensions: 880,000 vehicles; 41 manufacturers; over $1,500,000,000 total cost.

Amounting to more trucks than the whole U.S. makes in a normal year, the new order got boos and catcalls when first announced. But when the details leaked out the order made sense aplenty. The contracts run for two and a half years, include all Lend-Lease needs and all the trucks the Army expects to use in a "reasonable war period." Now manufacturers can lay out longterm,...

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