Cruise Control?

Car sales should remain strong, though high sticker prices are worrisome

Peter Dirisamer may not drive home a new car in 1996. Dirisamer, 37, an Elmhurst (Ill.) technical writer, wants to replace his family's 1988 Plymouth Horizon subcompact. But with average new-car prices pushing $20,000, he's not finding much he can afford. "Detroit expects me to pay $20,000 for the average four-door sedan?" he sniffs. "I don't think so." Instead, he may settle for a used car.

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