AUTOS: For '77 an Amazing Shrinking Act

As General Motors goes, so in the long run goes the rest of the auto industry—but what happens in the short run can be unpredictable. Especially in the new model year about to begin. For 1977, GM is putting on an amazing shrinking act: over the past two weeks, it has unveiled a gallery of standard-size cars that on the average are nearly a foot shorter and 700 lbs. lighter than their 1976 counterparts. Ford and Chrysler by contrast are making only minor changes, and ailing American Motors is actually making its glassy...

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