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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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02 Apr 2010, 10:21
please give explanation expect from POE
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02 Apr 2010, 10:50
IMO C

A does not have any influence on the sonclusion
B weakens the answer as it shows that the auto industry can take up another challenge, if the need be there..
C gives an indication that the oil prices are on the rise
D does not have any influence on the sonclusion.. jus tells that there is lot of scope of improvement
E does not have any influence on the sonclusion
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04 Apr 2010, 07:51
C
The argument is about future. C is only one talking about possible increase in oil prices that could hurt the US automobile industry.
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04 Apr 2010, 13:18
Even I 'll go with C..
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04 Apr 2010, 18:37
All the options are pretty weak and (C) looks best in the lot.

I would pick (C).
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22 Jul 2010, 07:55
IMO C
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23 Jul 2010, 00:28
I pick C

Premise: US auto industry doesn't research new gas-efficient tech
Conclusion: This will hurt the US auto industry in the future

What would strengthen the argument:
Fill in the gap info: Other technology are ahead in the research way, and the gas price will soon go up.

C rules
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23 Jul 2010, 01:50
C it is
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23 Jul 2010, 02:35
C for me too!
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24 Jul 2010, 22:54
(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.
Automakers elsewhere...a predicted rise in world oil prices.

which implies a supportive point that many other companies have acknowledged and tried to prevent this price problem from occuring whether the prediction is true or not.
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25 Jul 2010, 05:18
IMO C. Only C tells us that automobile industries elsewhere are developing fuel efficient cars. Consequently when fuel prices rise people will opt for other than USA automobile industry
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27 Jul 2010, 21:27
Picked C........

It hurts US Automobile industry because ........others are doing research and also predicting rise in fuel price...
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27 Jul 2010, 21:50
C is for me.

The conclusion is that the particular reluctance of the United States automobile industry to do so, however, could threaten the industry's future. What option could best fit this conclusion?

A-prototype fuel-efficient car is revelant to the future issue. It mention that its materials are relatively costly. It weakens the point.
B-it is irrevelant to the future threaten for car manufacturer issue.
D-It is about future, but the issue of waste of car and light truck does not make sense.
E-it is irrevelant to the future threaten issue for car manufacturer issue.
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28 Jul 2010, 02:15
Opted for C..
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28 Jul 2010, 03:19
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09 Aug 2010, 21:07
+1 for C
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09 Aug 2010, 22:59
C is the best.
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12 Aug 2010, 07:35
c....wrongly tagged in 700 club
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12 Aug 2010, 15:03
(A) provides additional information about fuel efficient cars but does not explain the threat

(B) Same as A.

(C) If automakers, in not one, not in two, but in every other country where cars are produced, believe in surge in oil pices, any reasonable person would assume that that future increase is at least probable. Obviously, this would be a downfall of U.S. auto industry for not mastering fuel-efficient technology.

(D) Irrelevant. These features might be true for both fuel-efficient and regular cars

(E) Private vs public transportation issue. Out!

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