Four Reasons Hybrids Aren’t What They Used to Be for Consumers


There was a time when dri­ving a hybrid was some­thing of a joke to many con­sumers. The pub­lic opin­ion was that hybrids were for high income peo­ple just try­ing to make a state­ment. How­ev­er, the stereo­types seem to be get­ting bypassed. There are four rea­sons for chang­ing mar­ket con­di­tions accord­ing to Green Car Reports:

1. The Prius is not what it used to be. The third gen­er­a­tion Prius, launched in 2010, improved on flaws of ear­li­er mod­els. The mod­el line­up was expand­ed in 2012, offer­ing more options to con­sumers.
2. Motor­sport has embraced hybrid tech­nol­o­gy. Thanks to new sys­tems, hybrid car tech­nol­o­gy has accessed every­thing from For­mu­la One to the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race.
3. There’s much more vari­ety to choose from. Years ago, hybrid shop­pers only had the Toy­ota Prius and Hon­da Insight to choose from. Now, there’s every­thing from a com­pact car to SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid.
4. Hybrids don’t look strange any­more. Hybrids no longer have to be weird, futur­is­tic cars. For exam­ple, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and 2013 Lexus CT200h don’t look like the old Prius of days gone by.



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