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#112 of 119 Re: Schwarzenegger greatest advocate for hybrid autos in 2007? [landrigan]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Jan 07, 2008 (8:30 am)
Hey... that's a step towards one of the predictions I found for 2008!
2008 automotive predictions
#113 of 119 Sales Mar-2008
Apr 01, 2008 (12:04 pm)
Hybrid sales in Mar-2008 have set records again.
Prius - 20,635
Camry - 6,930
Highlander - 2,239
Rx400h - 1,570
LS600 - 113
GS450h - 65
Toyota Total 31,552
Honda Civic & Accord sold total of 3,782 and total of Toyota & Honda is 35,334.
SUV's & PU's have gone down while CUV's and many small cars have gone up.
The Top-4 companies (GM, Ford, Toyota & Chrysler) have suffered sales declines of 10 % +.
Timing for them to push into Hybrids.
#114 of 119 J.D. Powers predicts future clean diesel and hybrid sales
Apr 08, 2008 (8:34 am)
With $4-a-gallon gasoline seemingly just around the corner, sales of high-mileage diesels and hybrid-electric vehicles are expected to triple by the middle of the next decade, according to a new study by J.D. Power & Associates.
Power predicts the two technologies will achieve a combined 17 percent of the U.S. new car and light truck market by 2015, in part driven by the auto industryís need to meet the recently-enacted 35 mile per gallon federal fuel economy mandate.
Diesels and hybrids wonít be the only way to deliver 35 mpg by 2020. The new J.D. Power study foresees a big surge in the use of 4-cylinder engines. Manufacturers also are expected to turn to lighter weight materials, since lower mass means higher mileage.
Automakers are already seeing a shift in product mix, with a steady increase in the sale of small cars, even as big pickups and SUV lose market share. New technologies, such as Fordís direct-injection EcoBoost engines. Are designed to permit the use of smaller, more fuel-efficient powertrains with a minimal sacrifice in performance.
#115 of 119 There are still UN-Tapped Hybrid markets out there
Apr 16, 2008 (12:00 pm)
As gas prices stay high or continue to climb we will see Hybrids seem attractive to more and more customers. Here are some I see:
Toyota and Honda need to make a Hybrid mini-van. Some families just need the minivan space...so a hybrid in this market with even 20% fuel improvement would sell like hotcakes.
Small Luxury market:
Many of the Lexus and Acura owners are not swimming in money they just want to buy a high quality car. So there is certainly a opportunity for a Luxury Hybrid that gets mileage closer to Prius than LS600.
A convertible Hybrid would clean up!! Imagine a Toyota Solara convertible hybrid. Or a Mazda Miata hybrid! There are none in the market yet...but just one would gobble up all the FUN GREEN people out there.
#116 of 119 Where are the hybrids?
Apr 20, 2008 (6:11 pm)
None at the Mazda dealer. Tribute Hybrid not sold nationwide.
None at the VW dealer.
None at the Chrysler dealer.
None at BMW dealer.
None at Nissan dealer. Altima Hybrid not sold nationwide.
None at Hyundai dealer.
None Mercedes dealer.
None at Kia dealer.
If you had to predict when hybrids will be available from all the major manufacturer's in the US, what year would you predict?
And yes, I realize that Toyota is doing a fantastic job selling hybrids, I'm just surprised there are not more choices.
#117 of 119 Re: Where are the hybrids? [moparbad]
Apr 20, 2008 (6:33 pm)
There are currently 5 Honda Civic Hybrids at Lujack Motors in Davenport Ia. as of right now. Two weeks ago they had 11.
#118 of 119 Re: Where are the hybrids? [moparbad]
Apr 21, 2008 (2:53 pm)
All those manufacturers have hybrids in the upcoming pipeline. You can Google and get approximate dates for all of them.
Just goes to show how far Toyota (and Honda to a lesser degree) REALLY got ahead of everyone by foreseeing the market feasibility of the hybrids.
#119 of 119 Current inventory and buyer interest
May 07, 2008 (9:27 pm)
We are a very large store in VA. 1 out of every 2 internet inquiries is about the Prius. How, How much, when, which packages.
At the beginning of April we had 50 on the ground and enroute. At the beginning of May there were 2 on the ground and all the ones enroute had been sold. In the last 5 days every one has lasted less then one day on the ground. Most of the inbounds for the end of the month are spoken for. 48-50 mpg gets attention.
The Camry hybrid is solid but nowhere near the interest of the Prius.
The Highlander hybrid is languishing. By intent I think.
GM is the next big influence IMO. They have a whole fleet of real capable vehicles just about to hit over the next 1-3 years. Not the mild hybrids that are here now but the new 2-Modes.
Ford will have several new ones as well.
Chrysler is wondering when Y2K will get here. They also have no intention to crowd dealer lots with tiny small vehicles that have no margin when fuel is only $.90 a gallon.