AUTOS: Detroit Bucks a Buyer Rebellion

In Michigan last week, Governor William Milliken was suggesting a more pointed alternative to President Ford's WIN button campaign. His version: BAC, for "Buy a Car." In a juxtaposition of imperatives that verged on contradiction, some Chrysler dealers were distributing bumper stickers proclaiming: WHIP INFLATION NOW. BUY A CAR. Top auto industry executives were pitching in with efforts of their own. Chrysler Chairman Lynn Townsend declared "a new car is the best buy you can get in America today." Outgoing General Motors Chairman Richard Gerstenberg, in a signed newspaper advertisement, once...