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.