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CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 1977
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(Studio) Volkswagen Rabbit heads newly released government list ranking new cars for fuel efficiency.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Top 5 cars on fuel efficiency list are foreign; VW Rabbit, Datsun B-210, Toyota Corolla, Ford Fiesta and Mazda GLC. Test data incomplete on Honda CVCC, which scored highest in 1977. At low end of m.p.g. ratings are Cadillac limo., El Dorado, Dodge Monaco and Plymouth Fury. Some station wagons test as low as 13 m.p.g. in Environmental Protection Agency tests.
REPORTER: Nelson Benton

(Detroit, Michigan) (TV commercial shown.) Auto. mfrs. advertise Environmental Protection Agency rates, but Consumers Union, which tests cars, says consumer doesn't get this. [Union spokesperson Robert KNOLL - notes Union tests haven't shown single car that gets city m.p.g. quoted by EPA, nor one in highway driving, unless it's run at constant speed.] Details noted of method of Environmental Protection Agency tests, which are done by machine and not on road, as many believe. Tests are conducted at Environmental Protection Agency lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan. General Motors Corporation president concedes most drivers won't get EPA mileage. [GM president Elliott ESTES - says customer can realistically expect to get mileage somewhere between 2 figs., if sticker on car says 16 city and 24 hwy.] [EPA auto testing spokesperson Eric STORK - notes people think they should get Environmental Protection Agency mile, regardless of what Environmental Protection Agency says about tests.] [Ford Motors executive Vice President William BOURKE - says it depends entirely on how person uses car.] Environmental Protection Agency to revise test next year to make figs. more realistic, though auto. makers may say it's unfair to change now, since Congress has decreed what mile standards must be for next decade.
REPORTER: Don Webster

(Studio) World's most expensive car hits road in England today; is Rolls Royce Phantom 6 Landaulette, bought for $146,125 by Mid. East busman. (Film shown.)
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Benton, Nelson;
Cronkite, Walter;
Webster, Don

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