Fuel Economy Drives Many to Make Hybrid Switch

Two drivers, two different hybrids, both with the same objective of saving fuel.

Published: 08-Jan-2006

RSVILLE - Dr. Richard Reilly still gets curious looks when he drives his car at slow speeds in downtown traffic.

The same goes for fellow Blairsville resident Ralph Barton, and for John Bruzda, who lives in nearby Derry Township.

Reilly recalled, "The first year I had it, I pulled up to the AAA office, and people came up to me and asked, 'What car is that? I can't even hear your motor.' "

Others have dubbed Reilly's 2004 Toyota Prius "the stealth car," recognizing its place among the small but growing category of extremely quiet-running automobiles known as hybrid vehicles.

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