While big, safe-feeling SUVs were certainly popular with buyers, Walter McManus, currently a professor and head of the Automotive Analysis division of the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan, fuel economy was also important. The Big Three just did everything they could to dismiss mpg concerns because they didn't conform to what was believed inside the corporate board rooms.
"The survey would estimate that people would estimate fuel economy fairly highly," McManus told the subscription-only Energy & Environment News. "Being a good economist, I said, 'No, they don't,' and I changed the results. [...] Our job was not to seek the truth, but to justify decisions that had already been made." Well, thanks a lot.
[Source: Energy & Environment News via Green Car Advisor]
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