Autos: Debut for Subcompacts

Foreign autos now account for one out of every seven new-car sales in the U.S. To fight the inroads of the imports, Detroit's two largest automakers last week put their much remarked mini-car models on sale. Both General Motors and Ford waited until the last minute to set sticker prices for the new lines. The biggest surprise was the price of Chevrolet's Vega 2300, which turned out to be about $150 higher than that of a comparable Ford Pinto and about $190 higher than that of the cheapest Volkswagen.

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