A Sudden Embrace Sweeps Detroit Off Its Feet

In late March, Robert F. Gould of Guilford, Conn., dumped his 14-year-old clunker and plunked down $22,273 for a spanking new Oldsmobile Eighty Eight Royale. He was among the legions of buyers who stampeded car dealers last month, shattering sales records and catching car companies by surprise. "We're up about 50% so far this year" on top of a strong 1993, marvels Sharon K. Moss, president of Moss Motors, a Honda-Mercedes-BMW dealership in Lafayette, La.

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