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No One Remembers These Automakers Any More

The Nash Metropolitanwas the first compact car sold in the United States, and the now-defunct brand was an innovator in many other areas as well. Its 600 model from 1941 was the first unibody automobile built in the United States, setting the stage for pretty much every car manufactured today. Nash was also the first auto manufacturer to introduce seatbelts, so bravo for them. Unfortunately, the Nash name disappeared when the company merged with Hudson in 1954, and the subsequent company, AMC, disappeared when Chrysler bought it in 1988.

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