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Today’s low gasoline prices make consumers willing to indulge their preference for larger cars, which consume greater amounts of gasoline as fuel. So United States automakers are unwilling to pursue the development of new fuel-efficient technologies aggressively. The particular reluctance of the United States automobile industry to do so, however, could threaten the industry’s future.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the claim above about the future of the United States automobile industry?

(A) A prototype fuel-efficient vehicle, built five years ago, achieves a very high 81 miles per gallon on the highway and 63 in the city, but its materials are relatively costly.
(B) Small cars sold by manufacturers in the United States are more fuel efficient now than before the sudden jump in oil prices in 1973.
(C) Automakers elsewhere in the world have slowed the introduction of fuel-efficient technologies but have pressed ahead with research and development of them in preparation for a predicted rise in world oil prices.
(D) There are many technological opportunities for reducing the waste of energy in cars and light trucks through weight, aerodynamic drag, and braking friction.
(E) The promotion of mass transit over automobiles as an alternative mode of transportation has encountered consumer resistance that is due in part to the failure of mass transit to accommodate the wide dispersal of points of origin and destinations for trips.
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answer choice C here. D, E, A are out of score and B refers to fuel efficiency but nothing else, we need stronger evidence such as the one presented in C.

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2004, 09:52
I will go with (c) for the following reason:
Question is asking for support for the following conclusion:
The reluctance of the United States automobile industry to pursue the development of new fuel-efficent technologies could threaten the industry’s future.
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(c)'s conclusion tells that automakers outside U.S. have slowed the
the introduction of fuel-efficient technologies but have pressed ahead with research and development of them in preparation for a predicted rise in world oil prices.
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Ideally it would have been firmer if (c) had referenced that the non-US automakers have not been investing in new fuel-efficent technologies.
Any thoughts on this?

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2005, 10:34
OA is C.

I got the answer by POE but as Ana replied it should have said something related to the US automakers.
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