Fuel-friendly SUV

Ford's Escape Hybrid is designed to help stretch the driving dollar

Published: 04-Jan-2005

reprieve in gasoline prices was a welcome gift to close out the year, but don't get used to it.

The unfortunate news for motorists of all types is that gasoline prices, and diesel prices, will continue to rise, says Geoff Sundstrom, spokesman for AAA's national office in Orlando, Fla.

Fuel prices may have their peaks and valleys, he says, but the long-term trend will be for higher prices.

Increasing demand for fuels and refined products worldwide will drive up the cost of oil as well, Sundstrom says. And in the United States, the ever-increasing regulations for clean fuels makes the refining process more expensive to meet air pollution goals.

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