complete restyling of two model lines and the introduction of the subcompact
Pinto line characterized 1971, a year which, also saw the end of two Ford
trademarks. The Fairlane was dropped, along with the 'FE' series, big block V8
engine. The Fairlane name ceased to exist with the end of the 1970 model year
and the big block engine, in 390 and 428 cubic inch sizes, was gradually phased
out during the production run. It was replaced by a new 400 cubic inch
'Cleveland' V8 and the 429 cubic inch V8.
was the new subcompact offering, built to compete with the imports and domestic
subcompacts. It came only as a two door sedan at first. Standard equipment
included ventless door windows, highback slim line bucket seats, all vinyl
upholstry, two pod intrument cluster, glove box, interior dome light, floor
mounted transmission controls, rack and pinion steering, heater, DirectAire
Ventilation system and 6.00 x 13 Rayon blackwall tires. In mid season a three
door Runabout was added to the Pinto line. Its standard equipment was the same
as above, plus fold down rear seat with load floor color keyed carpeting and
passenger compartment color keyed carpeting.
Emission controls are on
their way up, horsepower is on its way down, and muscle cars are on their way
The Ford Pinto and Chevrolet Vega are launched.
Motors leads the shift to unleaded gas and maintenance-free
The Kia Service Corporation is established in Korea. Kia
introduces a four-wheel cargo truck.