DETROIT-Ford Motor Co. used chains to hold the body of its Windstar minivan lower and Chrysler Corp. used bigger tires on models of new compacts during the recent Detroit Auto Show, the automakers said. ``Those were still concept vehicles that aren't even being produced yet,'' said a Chrysler spokesman offering an explanation to the Detroit News. ``It's not unusual to exaggerate a few things before cars reach the production stage.''
The Chrysler Stratus and Dodge Cirrus compacts, available this fall, will have 15-inch tires; the display models had 17-inch tires. Ford said it used chains on its Windstar to compensate for the accentuated height that vehicles on display turntables often seem to have.