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Hybrids become more of a tough sell
by Mospaw 12:46PM Thursday Feb 08 2007 Tipped by Spanky See Profile
By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY

Automakers are adding inducements to help sell some gas-electric hybrid models — including Toyota's (TM) Prius for the first time — in a sign that low gas prices could be hurting sales.

Some of the incentives are the same kinds of sales sweeteners that automakers used to sell their biggest SUVs when gasoline prices neared or exceeded $3 a gallon — including 0% financing and cash back, an analysis by auto buying research site Carsdirect.com shows.

Starting this month for the first time ever nationally, Prius buyers can get 0% financing for two years or lease payments as low as $219 a month, says Toyota spokesman Bill Kwong.

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dfc888
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San Bruno, CA

Maybe...

...Toyota can build a hybrid that looks better, functions, and performs better or the same (as the current Prius). Such as something like the Civic Hybrid -- only cheaper.
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Irun Man
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join:2002-10-18
Walden, NY

amazing...

Just a few months ago you had to wait several months for a Prius. Honda is reporting very few takers for the Accord hybrid too.

What have we become? High gasoline prices will almost certainly return in the future, yet we continue to buy up Hummers and Escalades like the party won't ever stop.
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Nhatters

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Ugh...

We have enough resources to make the jump away from gasoline, but there's just too much $$$ involved.
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