Hybrid Sales Up 86 Percent

With the hybrid market still in the early stages, used versions of the electric-meets-gasoline cars are hard to come by and new ones can cost from $19,000 to $50,000.

Published: 01-Jun-2007

With gasoline prices above $3 a gallon, one would expect the last thing consumers want to do is car shop. But that's exactly what they are doing — and they're not looking for just any car.
Hybrids are the No. 1 item on many consumers' list as fluctuating gas prices drive them in search of a more fuel-efficient solution.

Kevin Volk, general manager at Bob Moore Saturn, said hybrid sales have increased in the past week.

"People are really trying to come in and get out of their gas guzzlers,” he said. "During Memorial Day, we were in a position where we had to go out of our market in search of hybrids.”


Citroen Berlingo MPV prototype demonstrates a 30 percent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions compared with an equivalent diesel production car.

The new Estima Hybrid features the THS II, optimized for use on a minivan, though there is still no decision on whether or not it will be available in North America.

A mixed-cycle fuel consumption of nearly 70 mpg (UK) means a gain of some 30 percent compared to the standard HDi model.


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