Where Are the New Fall Cars?

In showrooms already, as Ford races to build small models

Late September used to be the time when Detroit rolled out its shiny new models and then gloried in the predict able "oohs" and "aahs" of an auto-obsessed public. The Big Three American automakers this season are tooting their horns, but it hardly sounds like a traffic jam. After two straight years of sagging sales and giant losses, the car manufacturers are introducing only an autumnal handful of fresh models.

New car sales in mid-September were up nearly 10%, as compared with last year's...

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