DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Financial Services Group President Ken Whipple is like the man who has everything to smile about except his chipped tooth.

With car buying on the rise again, his Ford Motor Credit is having another record year. The division, which also includes Ford's consumer unit, Associates Corporation of North America, and its commercial .finance operation, USL Capital, earned a robust $1.6 billion in I993, up 54%from the previous year. That equaled about onethird of Ford's total profit.

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