DIPLOMACY: The Chevrolet Summit of Modest Hopes

At their first summit in Moscow in 1972, President Nixon gave Soviet Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev a Cadillac. At their second meeting last year in Washington, Nixon gave him a Lincoln Continental. Last week, back in Moscow for the third summit in as many years, Nixon brought with him a sporty Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the Soviet Union's foremost automobile enthusiast. In a curious sense, the gift of the cheaper auto,* which Brezhnev had specifically requested after reading that it was Motor Trend magazine's "car of the year," was an appropriate symbol...