AUTOS: Step to the Rear

Another flock of 1956 models rolled into dealers' showrooms last week -full speed astern. In ads, sales talks and posters, the automakers were putting most of the emphasis on the rear ends of their new cars. The design changes that in other years were known as face lifting, cracked a design expert, should be known this year as "tail lifting," since the major body changes were in back.

The new going-away look is dominated by higher, longer rear fenders (now known as "fins," and "air foils") ending in aquiline beaks that sniff disdainfully...

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