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An industry-wide survey of the United States automotive realm indicated that the first assembly line production of motor cars will begin in August.

, The first producer, the survey showed probably will be Ford. Hudson expects to be "among the first," and Packard may reach regular output in September. WillysOverland is busy with its civilian jeep, but will have a change-over passenger car by October. These companies uniformly will produce face-lifted 1942 models.

The face-lifted numbers, in almost all cases, will feature:—(l) Improved front-end appearance with chrome and longer, broader lines. (2) Improved brakes, based on war-born techniques. (3) Superior oil system pressure and distribution. (4) More endurance in crankshaft bearings and connecting rods, up to 250 per cent. (5) Stronger, comfort-producing springs, also a war development.

But the first completely post-war car probably will be manufactured by Graham-Paige, it was believed in Detroit. Graham-Paige has no problem with revamping pre-war models and is retooling hourly for a start early in 1946 on its streamlined lighter-weight "dream" version.

A significant development at Gra-ham-Paige was the announcement that William Stout, the aviation engineer, and an automobile pioneer, had been obtained as chief consultant. Mr. Stout has been head of the Consol idated-Vultee research division. He is the foremost engineering advocate of cars that fly, and other phases of combined aeronautical and automotive production and operation.. Ford will not be far behind in completely new-car output, industry sources think. General Motors' promised "lighter-weight, low-cost" car also is a candidate for first-off-the-lines honours. But these developments- are not expected before the early spring of 1946, and they will be 1947 models. Ford's swift getaway by August is anticipated on the basis of an early cutback in its war contracts. Hudson is similarly favoured, and Packard is transferring much of its war work to plants out- ; side Detroit, where it can sconcenitrate on cars.

Stukebaker and Nash plan production "some time in .the autumn," but indications are that these companies will not reach assembly-line stages until the last quarter. Theirs will be improved 1942 models. General Motors and Chrysler are the enigmas —even to their own staffs. Most divisions of both are so involved in war output that officials are uncertain what facilities will be available for passenger-car manufacture.

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NEW MOTOR CARS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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NEW MOTOR CARS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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