Over the last 20 years the demand in North
America for Japanese-made automobiles has
increased, whereas the Japanese demand for North
American-made automobiles has been stagnant.
Until recently, this imbalance could plausibly be
attributed to Japanese models’ superior fuel
efficiency und reliability, but now cars made in
North America are by these standards the equal of
any Japanese model. What North American
exporters continue to ignore is that the Japanese
drive on the left side of the road. Therefore, one
obstacle to reducing the automotive trade
imbalance will be removed if North American
manufacturers simply produce more cars with
right-side steering wheels.
Which one of the following is an assumption
required by the columnist's argument?
A) The fuel efficiency and reliability of cars made in
North America will continue to increase.
B) If the Japanese drive on the left side of the road,
then they are not inclined to buy cars with left-side
C) Japanese automotive safety standards require that
all new domestic automobiles have right-side
D) Given a choice between similar Japanese and
North American models, all with right-side
steering wheels, most Japanese would choose
the North American model.
E) The automotive trade imbalance can be lessened
only if North American manufacturers produce
automobiles that more effectively meet the need
of Japanese buyers.