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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Sub-Compact Car Scramble Is On By BUD JUKGENSEN Canadinn Press Staff Writer The slump in sales of Nort American-produced cars conti ues1 as manufacturers scramb to turn out what the industrj calls "sub-compacts." American Motors Corp. wa first in the economy field wil the Gremlin. It has a wheelbas of less than 100 inches an came out in time for the end the 1970 model year. The com pany says the entire pn duction was sold well in adv ance of the schsduled date t convert to the 1971 models. The 1971 Gremlin and th sub-compact entries by For and General Motors will all be unveiled in August, a few weeks before the rest of the 1971 moc els are scheduled to be dis played. Chrysler Corp. is still a long way from producing a sub-corn pact at a North American plant The company has announced i will be introducing two smal cars in early 1971, one made in Britain and the other in Japan. Canadian sales figures for the first six months of 1970 for vehi cles made in North America show a decline of about 22 per cent. Production figures at Cana dian plants of the four major North American manufacturers present a much healthier pic- ture. The Motor Vehicle Manufac- turers' Association says produc- tion at Canadian plants in- creased by a bit more than two per cent compared with the first half of 1969. A major factor in keeping Ca- nadian production figures up is the Canada-U.S. Automotive Agreement. It allows manufac- turers to build cars in either country and move them freely across the border. The manufacturers had as- signed a sizable portion of the production quotas for smaller that now are sell- ing better than cars in the mid- dle price Canadian plants. Many of the larger and more powerful models were selling much faster when those decisions were made. Cars manufactured overseas in Japan and Brit- sold well. Sales of im- ports made by foreign manufac- turers were up 21.8 per cent for the first four months of this1 year. Sales were com- pared with for the corre- sponding period1 of last year. The figures on six-month sales of North American-produced ve- hicles by the four major manu- facturers for this year and last year and the percentage differ- ence were: this year, last year, down 24.4 per cent. this year, last year, down 18.3 per cent. cars and trucks, this year, last year, down 22 per cent. American Motors produced Gremlins from the start of production in early May to the end of June. Production of an- other was planned before the 1970 model is closed out July 16. American Motors sold cars during the first six months this year compared with last year, a decline of 6.3 per cent. Chrysler sold cars and trucks during the first half of this year compared with and last year. Tha percentage declines were 12.1 >er cant for cars-, 15.8 per cent 'or trucks and 12.5 per Cent for cars and trucks. Ford sold cars and trucks compared with cars and trucks during the first half of last 'ear. Percentage declines were 14.4 per cent for cars, 16.8 per cent for trucks and 22.6 per cent or cars and trucks'. General Motors sold cars and trucks this year and Percentage and cars rucks last year. were 27.8 per cent for 20.1 per cent for trucks and 26.4 per cent for cars and trucks. Chrysler is aiming at a Janu- ary, 1971, introduction in Can- ada for the Plymouth Cricket, vhich will have a wheelbase of 8 inches-, and the Dodge Colt, vhich will have a wheelbase of 5.3 inches. These will compare in size with the Gremlin, which has a 'heelbase of inches, and cars lanned by Pinto, 94- inch General 2300, 97-i n c h 'heelbase. Meanwhile, Chrysler consoles self with its estimate that it captured 44 per cent of the ales this year in Canada of LOdels with a wheelbaso of bout 110 inches. The first Vega 2300, made at M's Lordstown, Ohio, plant, ame off the assembly line June 2 and the company has sched- ed the press showing of the ar for Aug. 6. American Motors and Ford an to begin production Aug. 10 their sub-compacts. July 9, 1970- THE LETHBRIDGt HERAID 17 REHEARSAL France, Francoise Behot Durand of Domont, takes a variety of stances while listening to instruction for the television show Saturday, July 11, in which Miss Universe will be selected. ROBARTS IS WORRIED, IAMARSH IS JOLLY, AND DRAPEAU IS DOGMATIC CANADA'S LEADERS PHOTO-ANALYZED. Politicians don't have fo open their mouths now to be analyzed. All it takes is a photograph ond the skill of Dr. Peter Driver. Dr. Driver is a British research scientist who claims that certain silent signals such as hand movements and facial expressions are dead giveaways regarding character. In Saturday's Weekend Magazine he illustrates his theory by analyzing some of Canada's leading political figures. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERAID WEEKEND MAGAZINE Sentenced For Contemp Of Court EDMONTON (CP) Tw city residents who describes magistrate's court as a sy: bol of oppression each we sentenced to 28 days for coi tempt of court by Magistra .Tohn Coughlan. Susan Herzog, 24, and Rog Ten Trey, 23, appeared charges resulting from a d turbanM at the Canadian Labc Congress convention held Edmonton last May. Both were remanded to Ju 16. When court was called order Herzog and Ten Trey fused to stand when Magistra Coughlan entered. he be gan questioning them both ferred to the courts as agen of oppression. Herzog is charged with saulting a police officer an creating a disturbance. Te Trey is charged with creatin a disturbance. 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Moist O'Matic Wave Sprinklir FREE ESTIMATES! TORO CONVENIENT TERMSI Juit Call EMU ot 317-5767 MOIST O'MATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEM NO OBLIGATION TO SUY! DOWNTOWN 606-608 3rd Avenue South Australians Upset Over Wool Prices SYDNEY, Australia (AP) This land with she is nervously watching the pri of wool plumb the lowest depth in 22 years. The situation is reflected every wool auction. Sheep farm ers from the outback sha their heads as they leave tl sales rooms. Wool sold for a pound 1950-51 as a result of a post-w boom. Recently the average hi been 42% ccnte. A cabinet minister, Doug A thony, estimates production th season at a record pounds, nearly half the work total wool exports. He puts ti- gress value of the clip a drop from last year. Th is in Canadian, not Australia dollars. It is impossible to assess ho many farmers are verging failure. The chairman of th Australian wool board, Sir Wil liam Gunn, believes some woe growers are not receiving th Australian basic wage and ar Deing carried by companies tha land's wool. The government is likely introduce a direct subsidy fo growers hard-hit by low price >r drought. Anthony admits thi reals the symptoms rathe :han the causes of the problem SUBSIDIES HIGH Subsidies to the rural secto of the economy already tola (Canadian) annuall and Gunn has put the cost of wool subsidy at (Ca The major problem facto vool, a leading broker says, he erosion of markets by syn hetics, plus high interest rates There are other local difficu ties. Apart from intemecin quabbling between wool grow ers' organizations, growers and 10 government have not ye jeen able to agree on a firm Xilicy to improve the situation The first step toward doing si ppears to have been agreed iat the m a r k e t i n g system lould undergo reforms. Growers have proposed a sin marketing authority to regu ite offerings to the market am void excessive quantities of one type of wool coming up for lie at the same time. It woulc Iso obviate the marketing ol mall lots. deputy Speaker 'roes To London EDMONTON (CP) Asher- Oocper, deputy speaker of e Alberta Legislature, will at- nd the Parliamentary Course the United Kingdom branch the Commonwealth Parlia- entary -Association in London me 28 to July 19. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Dintal Michdnic MttratMlitan lldg. I3M095 Both sellers and buyers have reservations about a single mar- keting authority and about an- other proposal, that the author- ity buy in wool at reserve prices. Some sellers do not wish to much official intervention. Buyers believe they could be held to ransom. Bourassa: Speak French QUEBEC (CP) Premier Robert Bourassa has chosen to use persuasion instead of laws to fulfil his campaign promise to make .French the working language of least for the time being. Mr. Bourassa recently met 50 business and industrial leaders from Quebec's 25 largest firms in Montreal to try to persuade (tan to use more French in their operations. Although the premier said the directors' were "very receptive" to his appeal, it will be some time before he knows how suc- cessful his sales pitch was. Mr. Bourassa says the estab- lishment of French as the prov- ince's working language is "one of the main priorities" of his re- cently-elected merit. Liberal govern- An indication of the urgency with which the government gards the present language situ- ation is Mr. Bourassa's decision to meet with the businessmen without waiting for the report of a provincial royal commission studying the matter. Mr. Bourassa said the govern- ment has already held discus- sions with members of the pro- vincial royal commission on the status of French in Quebec and has asked the commission to submit. an interim report as soon as possible. Then, he told a news confer- ence last Friday, he is consider- ing giving preference in govern- ment buying to firms that use French as the working lan- guage. The idea would be to use the government's purchasing power, which runs into billions of dollars, to promote French in Quebec. "The question is, must we go so far as to pay 10 per cent more for goods from a firm tiiat respects French as the working The premier's statement was interpreted by some as an indi- cation that his "friendly persua- sion" policy may not achieve the hoped-for results. Mr. Bourassa stressed, how- ever, that he is merely "explor- ing the possibility" of bringing in the preferential payment sys- tem. The premier lias said the gov- ernment must act immediately if it is to have any chance of succeeding in its campaign to e French-speaking Quebecers ;he freedom to express them- selves in their own language at work. Meanwhile, the government is carrying its' campaign outside Quebec, informing prospective private investors that it expects them to use French in their Quebec operations. The reason for the govern- ment's concern is the predomi- nance of English as the lan- guage of work in the province's businesses and industries, espe- cially at upper administrative levels. The government fears that the pressure to learn English in order to succeed in business and industry will mean the eventual decline of the French language to the "folkloric" status it has in Louisiana. While some French-speaking' nationalists advocate the adop- tion of French as the province's only official language, the gov- ernment favors the establish- ment of French as the prov- ince's working language, with English its second language. Most of the province's large industries readily accept the idea of French as the working language at the factory level. In fact, French is already the lan- guage spoken in many plants. However, Mr. Bourassa's main problem will be in having the enterprises use more French at the administrative level. At present, about 83 per cent of the senior management posi- tions in Quebec businesses and industries are occupied by Eng- lish-speaking persons, according to government figures. French-speaking persons make up about the same pro- portion of the province's popula- tion of In briefs to the Gendron com- mission, some of the companies present at the Montreal meeting had expressed reluctance to use French at the administrative level on grounds that they do much. of their business outside the province. Many companies advocated a policy of bilingualisiE as the best solution to the problem of firms based in French-speaking Quebec with related companies, suppliers and markets in Eng- lish-speaking North America. Whether or not this corporate bilingualism can exist in har- mony with Mr. Bourassa's ex- pressed objective of giving all French-speaking Quebecers the right to work in their own lan- guage remains to be seen. However, the premier made it clear that if French-speaking Quebecers do not become con- vinced within the next few years that they enjoy this free- dom, support for the Quebec separatist cause may increase markedly. SECOND BEST Suva, capital of Fiji, ranks as the most important city in the Pacific Islands after Honolulu. APPLIANCE CLOSE-OUT SALE! WE LIST A FEW OF MANY BARGAINS ADMIRAL 13 CU. FT. REFRIGERATOR list 419.95. SiLL-OUT PRICE ADMIRAL PORTABLE DISHWASHER 6 Cycle. Twin Spray Arms. 16 Place Setting. Maple Top. Lilt 349.95. SELL-OUT PRICE 22" ELECTRIC 4 BURNER AUTOMATIC RANGE Window Oven. 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