Cars! Cars! Cars! From Compacts To Minivans, Detroit Is Playing Its Hottest Hand In Years Against Japan

Jack A. Terhar can't wait for the new 1995 models to hit his suburban Denver Ford dealership. For years, the Japanese have nibbled at his sales and now command half the market for new cars in his region. But this fall, Ford's slick new Contour compact sedan will challenge vaunted models such as the Honda Accord. And a spruced-up Ford Explorer sport-utility vehicle should lure more customers out of their imports, helping Terhar recoup sales that once seemed lost for good to Japan.

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