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# Auto industry executive: Statistics show that cars that were

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Auto industry executive: Statistics show that cars that were built smaller after 1977 to make them more fuel-efficient had a higher incidence of accident-related fatalities than did their earlier larger counterparts. For this reason we oppose recent guidelines that would require us to produce cars with higher fuel efficiency.
Which of the following, if true, would constitute the strongest objection to the executiveâ€™s argument?
(A) Even after 1977, large automobiles were frequently involved in accidents that caused death or serious injury.
(B) Although fatalities in accidents involving small cars have increased since 1977, the number of accidents has decreased.
(C) New computerized fuel systems can enable large cars to meet fuel efficiency standards established by the recent guidelines.
(D) Modern technology can make small cars more fuel-efficient today than at any other time in their production history.
(E) Fuel efficiency in models of large cars rose immediately after 1977 but has been declining ever since.
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13 Jan 2007, 22:17
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Auto industry executive: Statistics show that cars that were built smaller after 1977 to make them more fuel-efficient had a higher incidence of accident-related fatalities than did their earlier larger counterparts. For this reason we oppose recent guidelines that would require us to produce cars with higher fuel efficiency.
(C) New computerized fuel systems can enable large cars to meet fuel efficiency standards established by the recent guidelines.

The argument assumes that only small cars can be made fuel-efficient and because small cars are dangerous, the production of fuel-efficient cars need to be stopped.

C refutes the argument by establishing that even larger(read safer) cars can be made fuel-efficient. There is no reason to oppose the guidelines.
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13 Jan 2007, 23:29
AK47 wrote:
Auto industry executive: Statistics show that cars that were built smaller after 1977 to make them more fuel-efficient had a higher incidence of accident-related fatalities than did their earlier larger counterparts. For this reason we oppose recent guidelines that would require us to produce cars with higher fuel efficiency.
(C) New computerized fuel systems can enable large cars to meet fuel efficiency standards established by the recent guidelines.

The argument assumes that only small cars can be made fuel-efficient and because small cars are dangerous, the production of fuel-efficient cars need to be stopped.

C refutes the argument by establishing that even larger(read safer) cars can be made fuel-efficient. There is no reason to oppose the guidelines.

yep..one more C.
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13 Jan 2007, 23:52
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14 Jan 2007, 09:23
Somehow I like B.
The reasoning given is---> since small cars were involved in fatalities, we should stop making them
The objection here is even though small cars were involved in fatalities, the number of accidents were less than large cars
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14 Jan 2007, 13:03
I would go with b because the executive doesn't want to make smaller cars b/c they cause more faulities. The answer to the question is going to say that he should buy smaller cars or that larger cars shouldn't be brought either
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14 Jan 2007, 16:34
I go with C..Concur with NC prasad's explanation!
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14 Jan 2007, 16:55
C for me.
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