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Special Assignment (US Auto Industry and New Cars) #67771

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 30, 1980
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(Studio) No. of unemployed auto industry workers in United States noted.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Metuchen, New Jersey) Japan's success on United States auto market said illustrative of factors leading to collapse of United States auto industry Situation examined, beginning with American penchant for style over economy; 1961 commercial shown courtesy Clio Awards. ["Automotive News" spokesperson Keith CRAIN - comments.] Falcon, Corvair and Valiant recalled as Detroit's first flirtation with smaller cars. [Auto industry analyst Maryann KELLER - comments on Vega, Pinto and Gremlin.] Auto sales for 1973 and 1975 juxtaposed against oil situation for those years; details outlined on screen. Toyota recalled edging out VW on United States market [Nissan Motor Company spokesperson Masataka OKUMA - comments.] United States rejection of small car noted. [KELLER - comments.] Auto sales activity in 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini tookover Iran, and in 1980 when Japan cornered small car market in United States outlined. [CRAIN - comments.] No. of laidoff auto workers mentioned. [UAW president Douglas FRASER - comments.] Current efforts by United States mfrs. to revive auto ind. discussed.
REPORTER: Ron Miller

Miller, Ron;
Robinson, Max

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