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# 80% of the sales in company X's dealerships throughout the

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3. 80% of the sales in company X's dealerships throughout the United States consisted of Honda cars. In recent years, U.S. population pays much more attention to safety when buying a car. Therefore, Honda produces the safest cars.
What is the assumption in the passage?

a. Honda cars are as good as Toyota or Mitsubishi in terms of safety, but they are generally $1,500 cheaper. b. People tend to think that Honda cars are safer compared to other brands. A recent poll conducted among people who recently purchased a motor vehicle supports this theory. c. 80% of the people who purchased a vehicle in the last six months said they think safety is the most important aspect in a car and did extensive research before buying one. d. Honda dealerships provide information about research in car safety to all its buyers and attributes the volume of it's sales to the level of consumer awareness. e. Company X prefers to sell Honda cars as the top managers of the company own only Honda cars, because they know from experience that Honda cars are the safest cars. If you have any questions you can ask an expert New! Manager Joined: 27 Jan 2006 Posts: 156 Location: Europe Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 02 Jul 2006, 11:05 c ? _________________ Stay hungry, Stay foolish Director Joined: 06 May 2006 Posts: 792 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 32 [0], given: 2 ### Show Tags 02 Jul 2006, 11:07 Hmm... not sure abt this. But here goes... a) People stressing on safety not money. Out. b) The argument states that Honda produces the safest cars; it does not discuss the consumer perception. c) People researched, and concluded that Honda is the safest. This is my answer. d) consumer awareness, maybe. but that does not mean Honda is the safest. e) looks out of scope. _________________ Uh uh. I know what you're thinking. "Is the answer A, B, C, D or E?" Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk? Senior Manager Joined: 09 Mar 2006 Posts: 445 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 02 Jul 2006, 11:36 D. If the availability of the safety statistics were not assumed , how could the author conclude that Honda is the safest only on the grounds of good sales? Manager Joined: 27 Jan 2006 Posts: 156 Location: Europe Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 02 Jul 2006, 11:59 deowl wrote: D. If the availability of the safety statistics were not assumed , how could the author conclude that Honda is the safest only on the grounds of good sales? d. Honda dealerships provide information about research in car safety to all its buyers and attributes the volume of it's sales to the level of consumer awareness. yup. the data is needed. but the provider can be anybody or even the buyers can be find it by themselves. and, 'all its buyers' is questionable. The base of reasoning should be the fact that people consider safety as important aspect _________________ Stay hungry, Stay foolish Senior Manager Joined: 09 Mar 2006 Posts: 445 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 02 Jul 2006, 12:07 jeunesis wrote: deowl wrote: D. If the availability of the safety statistics were not assumed , how could the author conclude that Honda is the safest only on the grounds of good sales? d. Honda dealerships provide information about research in car safety to all its buyers and attributes the volume of it's sales to the level of consumer awareness. yup. the data is needed. but the provider can be anybody or even the buyers can be find it by themselves. and, 'all its buyers' is questionable. The base of reasoning should be the fact that people consider safety as important aspect Nope. Please, reread the the second sentence of the stem. The fact that you are talking about is a premise, so it could not be an assumption. VP Joined: 14 May 2006 Posts: 1414 Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 180 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 02 Jul 2006, 12:09 This was the choice initially was b/w C and D, but eventually I found some arguments against C and chose D!!! (A) is irrelevant (B) "tend to think" is not strong enough to buy a car, especially if one is looking seriously into safety (C) what made me cautious here is the fact 80% of people who purchased A CAR IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS, whereas the argument is talking about RECENT YEARS. Things could have been a lot different last year... In addition, 80% of people, who bought the car... They could have bought it anywhere (in the last 6 months) and those cars would not be Hondas necessarily... and we know nothing about thise particular dealership that had 80% of sales from Hondas... may be they only sell Hondas? may be they only had 90% of all cars that were Hondas... etc (D) If Honda provides all the available info about safety, then people buy Hondas on that ground... especially when sales are attributed to consumer awareness! (E) completely out of scope Director Joined: 06 May 2006 Posts: 792 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 32 [0], given: 2 ### Show Tags 02 Jul 2006, 12:37 The reasons I did not select D are.. # Its not mentioned that Company X is a Honda dealership. # Assuming it does provide safety data, it does not mean that people will buy Honda - they could decide to buy another car after comparing data from the other manufacturer... The reason I selected C is... # The consumers researched on their own. From the data available to them they found that Honda had the safest car. So 80% went ahead and bought it, as they stress on safety... _________________ Uh uh. I know what you're thinking. "Is the answer A, B, C, D or E?" Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk? CEO Joined: 20 Nov 2005 Posts: 2909 Schools: Completed at SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL, OXFORD - Class of 2008 Followers: 25 Kudos [?]: 279 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 02 Jul 2006, 13:05 I go with D using the negation technique. _________________ SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL, OXFORD - MBA CLASS OF 2008 Director Joined: 28 Dec 2005 Posts: 755 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 15 [0], given: 0 Re: GMAT Club CR Series #3 : Honda [#permalink] ### Show Tags 02 Jul 2006, 15:11 Praetorian wrote: 3. 80% of the sales in company X's dealerships throughout the United States consisted of Honda cars. In recent years, U.S. population pays much more attention to safety when buying a car. Therefore, Honda produces the safest cars. What is the assumption in the passage? a. Honda cars are as good as Toyota or Mitsubishi in terms of safety, but they are generally$1,500 cheaper.
b. People tend to think that Honda cars are safer compared to other brands. A recent poll conducted among people who recently purchased a motor vehicle supports this theory.
c. 80% of the people who purchased a vehicle in the last six months said they think safety is the most important aspect in a car and did extensive research before buying one.
d. Honda dealerships provide information about research in car safety to all its buyers and attributes the volume of it's sales to the level of consumer awareness.
e. Company X prefers to sell Honda cars as the top managers of the company own only Honda cars, because they know from experience that Honda cars are the safest cars.

A. Incorrect. No assumption of \$1500 discounts. Also irrelevant.

B. Assume B is incorrect. People pay more attention to safety when buying a new car, and buy Hondas even though they don't consider Hondas safer than other cars. Makes no sense. I think B is the answer.

C. May be a good supporting argument for people buying Hondas but not an assumption. How do we know that "exactly 80% said something? what if 81% said so? What if 79% said so?

D tricky, but incorrect. Honda dealerships provide information about research in car safety to all its buyers and attributes the volume of it's sales to the level of consumer awareness. Are both of the above assumptions? Clearly the 1st one is likely to be. If Honda does not provide this information to buyers, there's no way for them to know these cars are safer than others. What about the 2nd. Who cares what Honda attributes the volume of its sales to? IMO, both statements do not have to be true.

E Out of context.
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02 Jul 2006, 22:38
Will go with C.

One thing before I give out the reasoning. Three cheers to Praet, he is really workign hard to get our minds working. Thanks a lot. I hope I can contribute more to this foroum.

Now the author concludes that Honda car is the safest based on one dealerships sales.
The underlying assumption is that consumers put safety as their first priority when buying cars and do a lot a research before buying.
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03 Jul 2006, 05:54

anyhow it's nice discussion guys...
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03 Jul 2006, 07:15

Again, I dont really have an official explanation yet.
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03 Jul 2006, 11:18
Somehow, I find D more convincing.
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04 Jul 2006, 03:53
When creating this question I wanted the reader to concentrate on the fact of what makes Honda the safest car. Extensive research with data available to public does.
Now, there was a big discussion about whether C or D is the most correct answer.
The influence of the information dealerships distribute is hard to measure. Extensive research has to be conducted by the buyer and reading brochures from dealerships is only a part of that research.
So, I guess the word 'extensive' in C is the clue.

Hope it helps. If not, I am open to discussion.

The reasons I did not select D are..
# Its not mentioned that Company X is a Honda dealership.
# Assuming it does provide safety data, it does not mean that people will buy Honda - they could decide to buy another car after comparing data from the other manufacturer...

The reason I selected C is...
# The consumers researched on their own. From the data available to them they found that Honda had the safest car. So 80% went ahead and bought it, as they stress on safety...
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04 Jul 2006, 06:23
I am afraid that you misunderstand what assumption is.
(C) is the correct answer to another question :

The conclusion above would be properly drawn if it were also true that:

And even then, the conclusion and the answer are pretty weak as they
are based on the "Eat noodels! One billion Chinese couldn't be wrong" logic.
The mere fact that many people think that the the car is safe does not necessarily mean it really is. It can only mean that the PR strategy of the company is good enough.
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04 Jul 2006, 09:09
Or maybe there was a lot of research done, as the stem suggests, and the results are available to everybody who's interested. If the research says that Honda cars are the safest and then whoever is interested can contemplate on the results and make wise decision making, I think the logic stands firm.

Thanks for your response and for suggesting to change the question, it is wise.
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04 Jul 2006, 11:29
TestWriter wrote:
Or maybe there was a lot of research done, as the stem suggests, and the results are available to everybody who's interested. If the research says that Honda cars are the safest and then whoever is interested can contemplate on the results and make wise decision making, I think the logic stands firm.

Thanks for your response and for suggesting to change the question, it is wise.

The answer says that the buyers are those who did the research. Would you trust such a "reasearch"? I wouldn't. I would trust the
reasearch done by one professional rather then by the majority of the customers. I hope you think the same.
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04 Jul 2006, 13:02
deowl wrote:
TestWriter wrote:
Or maybe there was a lot of research done, as the stem suggests, and the results are available to everybody who's interested. If the research says that Honda cars are the safest and then whoever is interested can contemplate on the results and make wise decision making, I think the logic stands firm.

Thanks for your response and for suggesting to change the question, it is wise.

The answer says that the buyers are those who did the research. Would you trust such a "reasearch"? I wouldn't. I would trust the
reasearch done by one professional rather then by the majority of the customers. I hope you think the same.

Bulls eye!!!! Thats what I was thinking.
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04 Jul 2006, 13:17
Also exactly what came to my mind. But I would prefer multiple impartial research results to that of a single expert who is employed by Honda

Which is why it was C for me
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