AUTOS: More Miles for More Sales

Struggling out of their worst slump since the Depression, the nation's automakers are entering the new model year with a traditional burst of promotional ballyhoo and high hopes of recovery. Over the next few weeks, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler and American Motors will officially introduce the 1976 models now rolling off their assembly lines. Generally, the new cars will cost more than the '75s and show only the barest styling changes. But Detroit is gambling that its main selling point for '76−improved fuel economy−will bring enough buyers back to the showrooms to end...

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