CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 19, 1977
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(Studio) Carter energy proposals have caused opposition in Detroit where auto. mfrs. have failed to popularize small cars.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Detroit, Michigan) Auto. industry's problem in selling small cars and developing new cars, to meet federal standards and public desires, noted. Efforts to sell small cars by Chevrolet and AMC cited; Ford Motors has had to shut assembly line once for lack of sales. Small car imports up, however, in March; rises for Honda and Toyota noted. [Toyota dealer Forrest PAGE - says it's because people want quality in small car. Says General Motors Corporation and Ford have knowledge and capability to build good small cars, but have to have cars that will make money for factories and small cars wouldn't.] Tax on large cars will be controversial. [Representative John DINGELL - cites problems to large, but poorer, families if big cars taxed.] [Ford Motors chairperson Henry FORD II - cites difficulties for industry if pricing taken from them.] Safety advantage of big cars noted. (GM film shown.)
REPORTER: Don Webster
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