The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease four-tenths of one percent, amounting to about \$72, as compared with comparably equipped cars and trucks this year.

(A) The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease four-tenths of one percent, amounting to about \$72, as compared with comparably equipped cars and trucks this year.

(B) The automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease four-tenths of one percent, or about \$72, from that of comparably equipped models this year.

(C) The automobile company announced that there would be a decrease of four-tenths of one percent in next year’s models price, or about \$72, below this year’s comparably equipped cars and trucks.

(D) Compared to comparably equipped models this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease about \$72, less by four-tenths of one percent.

(E) Contrasted with comparably equipped cars and trucks of this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease about \$72, or four-tenths of one percent.

Option A- We can only compare similar items. In option A, - The automobile company announced that -

the average price of next year’s models would decrease four-tenths of one percent, amounting to about \$72, as compared with comparably equipped cars and trucks this year.

The comparison should be between the average price of  x and y next year and the average price of x and y this year. Option A incorrectly compares average price with comparably equipped cars and trucks. Eliminate A

Option B- The automobile company announced that -

the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease four-tenths of one percent, or about \$72, from that of comparably equipped models this year.

“that of” refers to the average price. Hence it correctly compares the average price of  x and y next year with that of (the average price of x and y) this year. Hence, correct.

Option C- The automobile company announced that -

there would be a decrease of four-tenths of one percent in next year’s models price, or about \$72, below this year’s comparably equipped cars and trucks.

It can be a decrease of x from y. It cannot be decrease of x below y.

Also, note the incorrect comparison made here- decrease of x in next year’s price below this year’s comparably equipped cars and trucks. Eliminate

Option D- Compared to comparably equipped models this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s cars and trucks would decrease about \$72, less by four-tenths of one percent.

The automobile company is being compared to comparably equipped models. Eliminate

Option E- Contrasted with comparably equipped cars and trucks of this year, the automobile company announced that the average price of next year’s models would decrease about \$72, or four-tenths of one percent.

Same as D. Eliminate