AUTOS: The New-Model Gamble

The new car models are rolling into showrooms around the U.S. with little of the chrome-plated mystique and high public excitement of old. Annual styling changes have been de-emphasized, and attention is being focused on driving safety and clean air. But if the hoopla of other seasons is conspicuous by its absence, car makers are no less concerned about the public's reaction to their products. Detroit executives almost unanimously expect a general economic slackening to slow the industry's blistering sales pace from a record 11.7 million cars this year to 11 million...

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