Autos: Compacts v. the World

There was a car for almost every taste as the U.S.'s fifth International Automobile Show opened in Manhattan's huge Coliseum last week. More than 400 new models were on display from 40 automakers in ten nations. Even Detroit, which previously conceded the spotlight at the show to foreign competition, turned out in force to introduce its new bucket-seat brigade—the new generation of compacts that are built on the old body shells but emphasize sports-car interiors.

Buick introduced its Skylark, a flashy coupe with a more powerful engine, chrome-trimmed fenders, and an optional...

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