Hybrids, Electric Cars Face Huddles in Australia

Twice as many Ferraris were sold in Australia in 2011 as electric cars.

Published: 31-Jan-2012

Another week and another batch of bad news for the local car industry, this time involving what's almost inevitable in times of average sales and drying exports - job losses.

As usual there have been the knockers and those who think they have a solution. Like suggesting Toyota, Ford and Holden should be building electric cars (the electric cars on sale last year made up 0.005 per cent of the market, less than half the market share of Ferrari, which sells for up to 10 times the price) or that Australia should be building even more fuel efficient cars.

And therein lies the problems - Australians like the idea of fuel efficient vehicles, but they won't pay more for them.


Dodge Durango Hybrid program was cancelled in late 2008.

After taking $48 million in taxpayer funds, Chrysler says it has no plans to build a hybrid truck... but a plug-in isn't out of the question

Camry Hybrid costs $889 more than non-hybrid model.

Michael Sanibel from Investopedia provides analysis based on Toyota Camry showing 1.7 year pay back.

MKZ Hybrid priced at $34,605.

One in five MKZ buyers are opting to go with the 41 mpg (city) Hybrid, which is priced the same as the non-hybrid version.


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