Business: French Accent

Renault buys a piece of AMC

It may be small, but it is nimble. Last week American Motors Corp., which produces only 1.83% of the nation's cars, swung a deal with Renault, the French-owned automaker, that should help it cope with the expected demand for small, gas-stingy cars. AMC will get $150 million from Renault, $50 million in credits, and the rights to build the French company's newly designed front-wheel-drive car starting in 1982. The U.S. firm would thus have an entry to challenge General Motors' X-body compact cars, which are now being marketed, and the new models that Ford and Chrysler...

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