Business: Detroit Fine-Tunes Its Prices

Some raised, some lowered, but all with mileage in mind

Detroit's automen tooted last week that they intend to raise production in the first quarter by about 7.5% over the high levels of a year ago and that this should help keep the economy humming along. But while Americans are buying a lot of cars, they are also buying too many big, fuel-thirsty models, and the auto marketers are trying to swing sales toward smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

So the auto companies are increasing prices for large, luxurious highway cruisers and holding them steady or reducing them for smaller cars. This week General...

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