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Imported autos aren't the only motor vehicles threatening the American market. Tractors, it seems, are, too.

More than half of all tractors sold in the US last year were imports. A primary source: Japan. Japanese imports soared from 6,949 tractors in 1976 to 64 ,523 in 1979 a 28 percent share of the US market. Government figures show a further rise in in ports in 1980 to 88,000, with a total value of $629 million.

A frequent complaint: US manufacturersm have been slow to produce compactm models -a line abandoned in them 1950's and '60s. Small tractors broughtm from overseas represent at least one-m fourth of the US market.m

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