Tariffs: Think Big

At Detroit's prestigious Economic Club, hardly a limousine's length away from the National Auto Show, the titans of U.S. autodom last week heard some frank talk from one of their most successful foreign rivals. The outspoken visitor: handsome, hearty Heinz Nordhoff, 63. chairman of West Germany's Volkswagenwerk, which sells in the U.S. one out of every six cars it produces.

Nordhoff, who had come to the U.S. to dedicate the new $2,500,000 Volkswagen headquarters in New Jersey, noted that nary a Volkswagen was to be seen around Cobo Hall. "Well," said he genially, "this is a 'national' auto show, isn't...

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