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(Studio) October auto sales up sharply. Imported car sales sold 14% in October GM sales up 20%; Ford up 21%; Chrysler up 7% and American Motors up 55%. Figures compared against last October when American Motors on strike. People have been using Environmental Protection Agency figures to gauge gas mileage of cars.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(No location given) In Environmental Protection Agency tests, cars not driven, but placed on dynamometer. Cars are fine-tuned, unlike most driven. FTC (Federal Trade Commission) compels Detroit to use Environmental Protection Agency figures in their ads. Actual road tests more effective. Union Oil and Consumers' Union road tests figures were 20% less than Environmental Protection Agency figures. [Consumers' Union Bob KNOLL - says average man gets worse figures than EPA. Cites reasons.] Environmental Protection Agency says General Motors Corporation Chevette gets 32 m.p.g. in its highway and city driving tests. Reporter drives Chevette 140 mile on controlled road test. Car got 25 m.p.g. Environmental Protection Agency figures good for comparison only.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
- Bergman, Jules;
- Reasoner, Harry
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