Hybrid car owners cite price, technology in refusing to buy again

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    Hybrid car owners cite price, technology in refusing to buy again

    http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/...est=latestnews


    For a surprising number of U.S. hybrid car owners, the experience is one and done.

    According to recent analysis by Polk Automotive, last year just 35 percent chose to buy another hybrid when it came time for a new car. Loyalty dropped even more, to about 33 percent, in eco-conscious cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland.

    Despite a desire to help the environment, lighten fuel bills or reduce dependence on foreign oil, hybrid owners' decision to buy a second one comes down to dollars and cents.

    "There are a lot of gasoline-powered vehicles out there that are much more fuel efficient, and cost thousands of dollars less than their hybrid counterparts," says Lacey Plache, chief economist with Edmunds.com.

    Industry expert and UC Berkeley Prof. Harley Shaiken says the payback period for a hybrid often exceeds 6 years-- the average time car owners hold on to their vehicle.

    "If you take two similar, even identical models, one a hybrid, one not, for the Ford Fusion, for example, you're paying a $5,000 premium up front, versus a non-hybrid," explains Shaiken. "Going forward, it could take 8 to10 years to make up that savings. If you only plan to keep the car for 6 or 8 years, you are not going to see it. People are thinking twice about that kind of a decision."

    For Los Angeles resident Bruce Cornelius, the decision was less about the cost, more about the hybrid technology and performance. He says his 2008 Honda Civic hybrid didn't get close to the promised 45 miles per gallon -- more like around 28. Echoing complaints made by scores of other Honda hybrid owners, Bruce says the electric battery system often failed, which meant his green car released carbon emissions just like the Mercedes-Benz he'd given up.

    "They weren't delivering on the gas mileage, and they really weren't delivering on the green benefits... article continues at link



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    Re: Hybrid car owners cite price, technology in refusing to buy again

    Not directed at you, BlackGTP, but to Fox News: (Last month, actually)

    GMI thread on original Polk Automotive news release
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    Re: Hybrid car owners cite price, technology in refusing to buy again

    I thought this sounded like something I had already read

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    Re: Hybrid car owners cite price, technology in refusing to buy again

    "Refusing to buy again?"

    They expected the 2nd hybrid would be cheaper? Or decided to actually to the math before ponying up the extra bucks this time? As that famous Russian comedian said, "What a country."

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    Re: Hybrid car owners cite price, technology in refusing to buy again

    I think there are a lot more factors here then just price, I mean you can buy a Toyota Prius for not that much money. The Prius C for example starts at $19,000 which considering what that kind of money gets you isn't that bad. Especially when you consider that its rated for more then 50MPG in the city, nothing to look down on for the money. However if you look at the market 5 years ago (when hybrids were seeing sales increase). There was a huge hybrid movement in the auto market when other car makers saw the amount of money Toyota was making. Not a lot of those hybrids were that good and the non hybrid vehicles on the market got in the low 30MPG on the highway.

    If you look at the market today and for $19,000 you can get a Cruze Eco 6 speed manual which has a rating of 42MPG on the highway. While it may not be as fuel efficient as the Prius, it offers a vehicle that has more refinement in its drive. People look at fuel economy up to a point, once it is above that point it takes a back seat to other factors.

    So really it comes down to alternative to hybrids which get great fuel economy, are more fun to drive, and pack a lot more power.

    At the end of the day there are lots of factors that make a good car and now days more often then not to hybrid buyers its not another hybrid.

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    Re: Hybrid car owners cite price, technology in refusing to buy again

    I guess we just use up all the oil before we are forced to go electric...

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    Re: Hybrid car owners cite price, technology in refusing to buy again

    It is still depends on the consumer if they want to buy a hybrid or not.

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    Re: Hybrid car owners cite price, technology in refusing to buy again

    The Honda hybrids and their battery failures have been disappointing... but this does not apply to Toyota.

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