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The Schizophrenic American Car Buyer

Americans want both hot-rods and the hybrids, writes the Washington Post automotive columnist, .

Published: 21-Jun-2009

Electric cars -- all-electric, gas-electric hybrid, and plug-in electric extended range models -- are becoming more popular. In some cases -- the new Ford Fusion Hybrid mid-size sedan and the revised Honda Insight Hybrid are examples -- they also are becoming more affordable, a welcome development that is bound to increase their appeal in the marketplace.

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But cars powered by fossil-fuel engines, gasoline and diesel models chief among them, will continue to rule the road for the foreseeable future.

Thus, we have a General Motors apparently at odds with itself.

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