Perceived Value of Hybrid Vehicles Falling *GASP*
Wow. I didn't see this one coming from a mile away. Last month AutoExtremist.com surveyed roughly 1200 automotive industry professionals, myself included, and recently posted their findings on their site. Shockingly enough, the perceived value of hybrids has gone down.
And you know what? I am glad. A short term solution attached to an unproven technology has sent fuel saving alternative technology in different directions. Hybrid technology has a lot of potential, but will not be a solution for most likely two decades. First, manufacturers need to find a way to reveal "truth in MPG ratings." In addition, they also need to develop a way to provide for better performance for real world driving situations. Finally, they need to control their dealers. I have been told that $2k, $3k, $4k and in some case $5k over listed MSRP are acceptable ADMs (or additional dealer markups for you rookies out there).
I, for one, am still on the diesel bus. I always have been. Any engine that provides real world performance and 49 MPG while having the ability to run on completely renewable clean resources is a home run in my book.
Knowing this, why is Ethanol still in the works? Calm down, don't think about it too much, your head will explode.