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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, September 23, 1974 Foreign cars lead fuel economy list Spy appealing on wiretapping powers WASHINGTON (AP) While car-hunters scanned government fuel economy ratings of the 1975 models today, the four major North American auto makers scored points off each other and ig- nored the foreign cars that beat them all In the official test results is- sued Friday by the U S Envi- ronmental Protection Agency, small cars by Datsun, Volks- wagen and Mercedes-Benz held the top dozen places Best was the Datsun B-210, delivering 27 miles a gallon in simulated city driving and Jy miles a gallon in highway driving Close behind were two VW entries the Rabbit and the Scirocco and the Mercedes 240-D and 300-D The first North American manufacturer to show up on the list was General Motors, holding the 13th through 17th positions with the Chevrolet Vega at 22 and 29 miles per gallon, Pontiac Astro, 22 and 29 Chevrolet Vega Kamm- back. 21 and 29, Pontiac Astro Wagon 21 and 29, and Chevrolet Monza, 21 and 29 In Detroit, GM vice president Howard Kehrl ex- pressed pleasure that the government tests confirmed fuel economy improvements resulting from "an intensive development program at GM GM's closest North American rival in the gas- guzzlers' derby was American Motors Gremlin 23rd on the list at 21 and 30 miles a gallon An AMC spokesman proudly claimed the tests "clearly point to the superior fuel economy of American Motors cars Chrysler's best perfor- mance was by its Plymouth valiant and Duster, delivering 18 miles a gallon in city driving, the same as Ford's Pinto But the Pinto got 26 miles a gallon in highway driving, while the Valiant and Duster got only 23 Still a Chrysler spokesman claimed that his company's cars "provide better average fuel economy than those of our two largest competitors AMC's lowest fuel economy was a Matador Wagon getting 11 and 15 miles a gallon, GM's lowest was a Buick Electra, also 11 and 15, and Chrysler Wagon signed off at 10 and 15 miles a gallon Slow settlements irking government TORONTO (CP) The failure of some insurance companies to deal fairly and speedily with claimants might lead to government regulation of the industry, the annual meeting of the International Claim Association was told Friday E S Jackson, president of Manufacturers Life Insurance Co of Toronto, told the meeting that strong public reaction against the industry s underwriting and claims policies is an "open in vitation for government intervention He told companies are not always fair in enforcing some of the exceptions in life in- surance policies "Take for example the ac- cidental death benefit that normally excludes death from gas Mr Jackson said Obviously, the purpose is to avoid paying claims on suicides "However there are cases where gas inhalation is clear- ly accidental In my view, companies should pay such claims, although technically under the terms of their contracts they could avoid do- ing so Meanwhile E H McVitty president of the association, said provincial and state governments which place restrictive legislation slowing life insurance payments to beneficiaries in death claims are being urged to change their current legislation French Communists gain seats PARIS