This index for each car is made by totaling the seven major interior dimensions of the lowest-priced four-door sedan, or two-door sedan if there's no four-door, in each line. The dimensions in the chart given are in both inches and centimeters. Automotive Industries' Roominess Index is similar to the government index on car interior space, except that the latter completely ignores the space in each car below the top of the seats. In other words, the seat-height dimension is excluded from the government calculations. Among the surprises revealed by the '79 Roominess Index are: 1. While the general trend toward downsizing of U.S. cars continues, 11 of the 58 new cars actually had larger interiors for 1979 than they had for 1978. 2. The downsized '79 Ford and Mercury have about 1. 5% more inside space than their 78 models, even though some 800 lb (362.88 kg) of weight were removed from each car and both cars were several inches shorter this year.

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    Automotive Industries International

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  • Publication Date: 1979-3

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  • Accession Number: 00314824
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM