All Revved Up, Nowhere To Go

Eighteen months ago, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp. dealers across America rubbed their hands in giddy anticipation. Finally, they thought, Detroit had produced small family sedans with the performance and sophistication to rival Japan's best. Not only were Ford's new Contour and Chrysler's Cirrus technologically top-notch, they both came with stickers $2,000 lower than rivals from Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.

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