Autos: Riding on Water

Whether or not Britain goes into the Common Market, British automakers hope to capture a larger share of the expanding Continental market for cars.

Their most ambitious entry is British Motor Corp.'s new four-door Morris 1100, which is about a foot shorter than a Volkswagen. To smooth the ride on Europe's cambered roads, the Morris introduces a novel suspension system called "Hydro-lastic Suspension," after its two key components, rubber and water.

Set over each wheel is a springlike rubber cylinder filled with a "cocktail" of water and antifreeze. Thin tubes connect the front and rear cylinders. When a front wheel hits...

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