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    French motor manufactures have combined to produce a new small town-car called the 'Minima' to try to boost the country's flagging export figures.

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    French motor manufactures have combined to produce a new small town-car called the 'Minima' to try to boost the country's flagging export figures.

    France has managed to export 55 per cent of its cars in recent years. But December's figures show their exports to the important German and Dutch markets have dropped considerably. The 8-foot (2.4 meters) long 'Minima' will be on sale in the Spring. It will coast about 900 pounds sterling (10,000 francs)
    French advertising designer Michel Odinet first thought of building a town car smaller than the Italian Fiat 500 and the British BLMC Mini. He contacted several friends in the car business, but the idea was eventually taken up by the experienced motor engineer, Victor Bouffort. M. Bouffort has already designed many prototypes including the polar exploration vehicles used by Paul Victory in recent arctic expeditions.

    M. Bouffort tried to fit as many big car advantages as possible into a much smaller area. The 'Minima' has the small cylinder Citroen M28 engine used in the 'Diane Six' model. It also has two new features -- the Kleber firm's three-layer safety tyre and elastic block suspension. The new Kleber tres also create more space in the car because they suffer no immediate effects from a puncture -- so there is no need for a spare tyre.

    But the 'Minima' already has opposition. British Leyland displayed a small town car, called the 'Minissima', at October's London Motor Show.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA61M1YPP8YZ511P9TL9RLYQ3KH
    Media URN:
    VLVA61M1YPP8YZ511P9TL9RLYQ3KH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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