Date of publication: June 15, 1972


The objective of this study was to evaluate the images of the new American subcompacts - Pinto, Vega, Gremlin - as perceived by a cross-section of college students and newlyweds. These images were compared and contrasted with those of the more popular imported competitors - Volkswagen Super Beetle, Datsun 1600, Toyota Corolla and Opel Kadett. Ford's Maverick, a true compact. was also included in the study in order to evaluate perceptual differences between the Maverick and the Pinto.

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