Autos: Fighting the Fifth Wheel

One of Detroit's perennial peeves is the spare tire: it is infrequently used, adds weight, wastes space, and costs some $170 million a year. American Motors did away with it in one 1965-66 model — only to get a flock of gripes. But the industry has not yet given up the fight on the fifth wheel. Later this month, Pontiac showrooms will have the sporty new Firebird, which has the same body shell as its G.M. cousin, the Chevrolet Camaro, but is four inches longer. The standard Fire bird is more powerful than the Camaro (165 h.p. as compared with...

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