AUTOS: Compacts to the Fore

When the compact cars hit the showrooms last fall, Detroit's experts hoped that they might win 15% of the market. Last week the latest figures showed that the auto men had erred on the conservative side. To date, 687,821 compacts have rolled off the lines to capture 24.08% of the market; by the end of this week, the total will top 720,000.

The No. 1 car is still American Motors' Rambler, with almost 30% of compact sales. But Ford's Falcon is coming up fast. In the seven weeks from Jan. 1 to

Feb. 20, the Falcon outsold the Rambler 59,000 to 53,000...

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