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A certain automaker aims to increase its market share by deeply discounting its vehicles prices for the next several months. The discounts will cut into profits, but because they will be heavily advertised the manufacturer hopes that they will attract buyers away from rival manufacturers' cars. In the longer term, the automaker envisions that customers initially attracted by the discounts may become loyal customers.

In assessing the plan's chances of achieving its aim, it would be most useful to know which of the following?

A. Whether the automaker's competitors are likely to respond by offering deep discounts on their own products
C. Whether some of the automaker's models will be more deeply discounted than others
D. Whether the automaker will be able to cut costs sufficiently to maintain profit margins even when the discounts are in effect
E. Whether an alternative strategy might enable the automaker to enhance its profitability while holding a constant or diminishing share of the market
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If the rival manufacturers also discount their vehicles prices then the plan fails.
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(A) vs (D)
(A) wins because the plan of acquiring more customers will fail if the competitor starts similar program.
(D) fails because,it is already mentioned that the .."The discounts will cut into profits,...."
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10 Aug 2012, 07:12
for D the discounts cut into profits is mentioned agreed . . but what if company starts making loss and get closed before reaping advantages of loyal customers later on . .

Whether the automaker will be able to cut costs
sufficiently to maintain profit margins . .thats the question which is not mentioned in the stimulus. .
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14 Sep 2012, 03:20
I have selected option "E" which thinks of alternative strategy of profits. Reason bein
1. It is said that "Discounts cut io profits" , so if the discounted customers do not turn out to be loyal customers
then company may get into losses.
2. For "Option A" , even if the competitor discounts more, situation doesnot improve due to point 1.
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14 Sep 2012, 11:08
(A) Whether the automaker's competitors are likely
to respond by offering deep discounts on their
own products

The plan is to offer such low prices as to lure customers
away from competitors. However, if competitors counter
by also lowering the prices of their cars, then consumers
no longer have an incentive to switch to the 'certain
automaker'. Thus (A) is the answer.

(E) Whether an alternative strategy might enable the
automaker to enhance its profitability while
holding a constant or diminishing share of the
market

We are only focusing on the strategy of lowering
the price of cars. Will it work or not? Saying that an
alternative strategy may be more effective does not
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14 Sep 2012, 21:11
(A) Whether the automaker's competitors are likely to respond by offering deep discounts on their own products

Options were pretty straight forward.
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27 Oct 2012, 03:19
Pls help in eliminating E.

It talks of an alternative strategy. But I think the effectiveness of it is not discussed.
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27 Oct 2012, 08:48
Archit143 wrote:
Pls help in eliminating E.

It talks of an alternative strategy. But I think the effectiveness of it is not discussed.
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Hi Archit

The question asks you to assess the plan's chances of achieving its AIM. What is the aim? The aim is that customers initially attracted by the discounts may become loyal customers.

Do you think option E affects the aim in anyway?

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27 Oct 2012, 09:32
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Archit143 wrote:
Pls help in eliminating E.

It talks of an alternative strategy. But I think the effectiveness of it is not discussed.
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Hi Archit

The question asks you to assess the plan's chances of achieving its AIM. What is the aim? The aim is that customers initially attracted by the discounts may become loyal customers.

Do you think option C affects the aim in anyway?

I was not asking to eliminate C... I know thats not affecting the plan but i had confusion with E
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Archit143 wrote:

I was not asking to eliminate C... I know thats not affecting the plan but i had confusion with E

Sorry I mistakenly wrote C where I intended to write E
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01 Apr 2013, 00:55
This is an evaluate type of a question.

The OA comes down to option A.
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24 May 2013, 06:57
The aim is to increase the market share and not on profits.
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08 Sep 2013, 11:54
it is an Evaluate the Argument question, and by applying Variance Test, it comes down to answer choice A.

the conclusion states " A certain automaker aims to increase its market share
by deeply discounting its vehicles' prices for the next
several months "

(A) Whether the automaker's competitors are likely
to respond by offering deep discounts on their
own products

applying the variance test

IF YES : if competitors respond in the same way, the automaker's strategy will not have much effect in customers.

IF NO: if competitors do not respond in the same way, then the automaker's strategy will have great probability of success.
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17 Mar 2014, 13:20
The question asks: In assessing the plan's chances of achieving its aim, it would be most useful to know which of the following?
According to the passage, the aim is to "increase its market share by deeply discounting its vehicles' prices for the next several months"

Now lets look at (E),
(E) Whether an alternative strategy might enable the automaker to enhance its profitability while holding a constant or diminishing share of the market
The answer choice talks about a strategy to enhance profitability. That was not the aim of the plan. The plan was to "increase market share". Therefore E is not the answer.

For the sake of completeness,

(A) Whether the automaker's competitors are likely to respond by offering deep discounts on their own products
If others also offer the same "strategy" of deep discount, the plan to increase market share will not work. Market share for all competitors will then remain the same.

May impact effectiveness market share plan, but we are not told how good or bad the agency is. Unable to determine.

(C) Whether some of the automaker's models will be more deeply discounted than others
Knowing the discount difference between model A vs B tells us nothing about the potential success of the plan to increase market share

(D) Whether the automaker will be able to cut costs sufficiently to maintain profit margins even when the discounts are in effect
The plan already assumes it will cut into profit for the purpose of increasing market share. The ability to make profit after new lower cost does not tell us however if it will lead to greater market share

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Pls help in eliminating E.

It talks of an alternative strategy. But I think the effectiveness of it is not discussed.
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A certain automaker aims to increase its market share
by deeply discounting its vehicles' prices for the next
several months. The discounts will cut into profits,
but because they will be heavily advertised the
manufacturer hopes that they will attract buyers away
from rival manufacturers' cars. In the longer term, the
automaker envisions that customers initially attracted
by the discounts may become loyal customers.

In assessing the plan's chances of achieving its aim, it
would be most useful to know which of the following?

(A) Whether the automaker's competitors are likely
to respond by offering deep discounts on their
own products

(C) Whether some of the automaker's models will be
more deeply discounted than others

(D) Whether the automaker will be able to cut costs
sufficiently to maintain profit margins even when
the discounts are in effect

(E) Whether an alternative strategy might enable the
automaker to enhance its profitability while
holding a constant or diminishing share of the
market

A it is , If other competitors apply for the same discounts then this company will lose its edge over competition.
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01 Dec 2016, 05:05
Hi experts and mikemcgarry

Although I picked up A long time ago, a new question came up when I reviewed this case,

my interpretation of evaluation is that combination strengthen and weaken. when a extreme of the option ( say Yes or 0%, and so on) strengthens the conclusion, then opposite extreme of the option (say No, or 100%, and so on) weaken the conclusion.

for this case, the OA is A Whether the automaker's competitors are likely to respond by offering deep discounts on their own products
extreme : No, none competitors has embarked similar plan, then the plan sounds good, --strengthen

opposite extreme : Yes, some competitors have embarked similar plan,

now, my doubt come up. we do not know the effect of competitors' plan, so there will be two results.
result #1 : competitors' plans were successful, therefore automaker's plan is ineffective -- weaken
result #2 : competitors' plans were unsuccessful, then it is hard to say whether automaker's plan will be successful or not -- neither weaken nor strengthen.

above reasoning seems not works as strengthen or weaken...

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