ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 13, 1975
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(Studio) Big auto makers release figures on car sales in early Mar. compared with same period in `74. Sharp decline in sales by Ford offsets modest gains by Chrysler and GM.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Detroit, Michigan) Since rebate plans ended, all 4 auto makers' sales drop. [Dodge dealer Alvin PODWAY - thinks rebate programs should continue.] [Chevrolet dealer Ken CICHRA - believes better job of selling necessary.] [AMC dealer Joe ERDELAC - says he would train salesmen intensively.] [Ford dealer, John NUZZO - says he would try to find a feasible way to reduce auto prices. Many standard items on cars should be optional.] [Ford Motor Company Frank ZIMMERMAN - believes car sales to incr. because of improved consumer confidence and substantial reduction in prime rate; other factors pointing to higher auto sales recounted.]
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs
(Studio) Dan Cordtz talks with analysts outside auto industry with regard to car sales.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Some analysts predicted cash rebate plan would steal sales from future. General Motors Corporation to close 2 plants for one week; AMC puts 355 more workers on indefinite layoff. Senate committee approves legislature to force President to spend $11 billion more in highway construction funds. Head of UAW, Leonard Woodcock, thinks all auto companies should design cars to get at least 22 m.p.g.
REPORTER: Dan Cordtz