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# Today s low gasoline prices make consumers willing to

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17 Jan 2006, 21:34
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Todayâ€™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 industryâ€™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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17 Jan 2006, 21:44
Sounds like C...

since if there is a prediction of high gas prices(as we are going through now in USA, with gas at a small town like Cedar Rapids at 2.16\$per gallon!), and the rest of the world is going through R&D for that , and US is not doing that because of the current consumers taste which will CHANGE(and has changed as seen recently) after increase gas prices..

I think this answer became easy in many ways because of the higher gas prices in US now

hehe

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17 Jan 2006, 21:49
C.

Most of the others are irrelevant to the conclusion/assumption.

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17 Jan 2006, 23:00
andy_gr8 wrote:
Todayâ€™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 industryâ€™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. - No talk about cost
(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. - Nothing about past or small cars.
(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. - Yes this is the one using POE
(D) There are many technological opportunities for reducing the waste of energy in cars and light trucks through weight, aerodynamic drag, and braking friction. - It is strengthening teh argument.
(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 - Nothing being talked about mass transit system.

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17 Jan 2006, 23:16
willget800 wrote:
with gas at a small town like Cedar Rapids at 2.16\$per gallon

\$8.75 a gallon in Osaka, yet Skylines, RX-7s, NSXs, and Twin Turbo Supras are still selling like hotcakes.

(C)

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17 Jan 2006, 23:51
ps_dahiya wrote:
andy_gr8 wrote:
Todayâ€™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 industryâ€™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. - No talk about cost
(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. - Nothing about past or small cars.
(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. - Yes this is the one using POE
(D) There are many technological opportunities for reducing the waste of energy in cars and light trucks through weight, aerodynamic drag, and braking friction. - It is strengthening teh argument.
(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 - Nothing being talked about mass transit system.

D for me.
ps_dahiya,
Don't you think the question is asking for statement which support the argument ?

Also, When Author mentions "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"

I guess he is making the assumption that there is a scope of Improvement/Development but the US automakers are not working on it .

May be I am totally Wrong ...

What is OA ?

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18 Jan 2006, 00:05
OA is C guys..
Even i chose D .I dont know why

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18 Jan 2006, 10:55
I also got C because it directly affects tha argument because it is based on the cheaper gas. D says nothing.

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18 Jan 2006, 11:24
C for me as well from the POE

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