Sorry Start for the 1983 Models

The new cars are here, but where are the customers?

Lee Iacocca, the brash, cigar-chomping chairman of Chrysler Corp., is an optimist by nature. At the introduction of his company's 1983 model cars at The Woodlands Inn & Country Club near Houston last week, however, he could scarcely disguise a sense of frustration. Said Iacocca: "Chrysler is ready to go; unfortunately the economy is not. There's a lot of fear out there because there's a lot of uncertainty about interest rates, currency values and our economic policy."

More and more, such sentiments typify the mood...

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