Business: Too Big? Too Powerful?

Are American cars too big, too long, too wide and too powerful? Last week, as the last of the new 1955 models came out (see above), there was a country-wide argument about Detroit's latest marvels.

Ever since war's end, when automen started the great horsepower race in earnest, there have been complaints that safety was neglected for speed and power. Any further boost in either horsepower or size, cried New York Traffic Commissioner T. T. Wiley, would be "sheer madness." Auto makers have "gone on a horsepower jag . . . as insidious as dope." Added Denver's Traffic Engineer...

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