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Feature Article #1

2010 Hybrid Fusion & Milan Go 47 MPH in Electric

In late October, Ford officially unveiled to the public the newest additions to the world of hybrid sedans – the 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid and 2010 Mercury Milan hybrid. These ramped up new models represent some big advances in technology and Ford is hoping that it pays off by doubling their sales in the next […]

admin | November 28th, 2008 | Continued

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Feature Article #2

The Hypermiling Guide For Beginners | Part One

How to Hypermile (A Guide for Beginners)
Hypermiling is getting a lot of attention these days, as the environment becomes more precious and the price at the pump climbs ever higher. Hypermiling is the practice of driving to get the maximum fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Wayne Gerdes of CleanMPG.com holds the hypermiling record (2,250 miles […]

admin | July 18th, 2008 | Continued

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Feature Article #3

No Hybrid Batteries Means No Hybrid Cars

Why the hybrid market isn’t doing as well as it should
It’s no secret that hybrid cars are a great buy these days. As gas prices skyrocket, reaching new “record highs” each day, more and more people are rushing to their nearest car dealership and scrambling for hybrids. Demand is high and there should be more […]

admin | June 20th, 2008 | Continued

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Feature Article #4

Gas Mileage Calculator | Compare Your Car To A Hybrid

Want to know how your current vehicle stacks up against hybrid cars in terms of gas mileage?  Before you run out to purchase a new green suv or car, it’s best to compare.  To help you with your decision, the following calculator shows you how much money you could save (in terms of fuel costs) by […]

admin | May 24th, 2008 | Continued

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Feature Article #5

Introducing the 2009 Hybrid Honda Green?

Watch out Toyota.
Honda may have discovered the secret sauce behind your hybrid success.  First, you whip up a 5-door, five passenger hybrid sedan that is not available in a gas-only model.  Then you mix it with a price that most people can actually afford.  Last, you top it off with a name that is synonymous with the word hybrid.
Based on yesterday’s 2008 ”mid-year address” from CEO […]

admin | May 21st, 2008 | Continued

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Feature Article #6

Get The Facts | Problems & Disadvantages of Hybrid Cars

Pros and Cons of Hybrid Cars
Part Two: Disadvantages
 
In the last post, we outlined some of the top advantages of owning a hybrid car. Now, we will look at a few of the disadvantages and potential problems associated with hybrid vehicles.
Get ready for some sticker shock.
One common complaint about hybrid cars is their initial price. According to Cars.com, […]

admin | May 18th, 2008 | Continued

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Feature Article #7

Hybrid Cars - The Pros, Advantages, & Benefits

Pros and Cons of Hybrid Cars, a Two-Part Series
First, the Benefits and Advantages
 
Choosing a new car is all about weighing your options. When deciding between a hybrid car and conventional vehicle, a whole new set of factors comes into play and that does not make the decision any easier. This two-part blog series should help […]

admin | May 9th, 2008 | Continued

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Feature Article #8

What Is A Hybrid Car? A Basic Overview of Hybrids

What’s Going On In There?
There are many ways hybrid cars are different from standard vehicles. There’s emissions, fuel consumption, cost and, of course, the mechanics of it all. The main difference between the two is that a hybrid car uses electricity combined with gasoline and a standard vehicle uses only gasoline.
In a gas-powered car, fuel […]

admin | April 30th, 2008 | Continued

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Used Hybrid Cars | Tips to Finding A PreOwned Hybrid Car - Part 1

It’s no secret that hybrid vehicles cost more than their gas-only counterparts.  Unfortunately, the price of a shiny new eco-friendly, fuel saving green machine is more than many can afford.  Combine that expense with the fact that gas prices are fast approaching $4 per gallon, and you’ve got a lot of people searching for used hybrid cars.
The good news is […]

admin | April 19th, 2008 | Continued

Feature Article #10

2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid in Eight Great States

Nissan decided they weren’t going to let Toyota and Honda get all the praise for going green, so in 2007 they rolled out a hybrid version of the Altima.  Interestingly, rather than spending years developing their own technology, in 2002 Nissan entered into a licensing agreement with rival Toyota to borrow a version of their patented […]

admin | March 23rd, 2008 | Continued

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Feature Article #11

Enter To Win A Customized, 2008 Hybrid Honda Civic

The sweepstakes begins on February 28, 2008 and ends on July 31, 2008.  You could win a brand new Honda Civic hybrid simply by taking a couple of minutes to register online.  This contest is part of the “Civic Tour”, featuring a very popular band (that many of us have never heard of) called Panic […]

admin | March 2nd, 2008 | Continued

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Feature Article #12

Alkylate Shortage Will Impact 2008 Hybrid Car Sales

Alkylate is a little-known substance that could have a huge impact on hybrid car sales in 2008.  Referred to as “liquid gold” and the “magic bullet”, this expensive gasoline additive is about to be in short supply and high demand, just in time for the summer driving season.  Adding insult to injury are accusations that oil companies are purposely reducing the output of alkylate in […]

admin | February 4th, 2008 | Continued

Hybrid Cars: Home

Beautiful Black PriusHybrid cars are arguably the most innovative automotive vehicles of our time.  Ever since the first Honda Insight (1999) and Toyota Prius (2000) reached U.S. auto dealers, the impact of these environmentally friendly vehicles has continued to grow. Today, there are several more hybrid-electric cars on the market, including the Honda Civic, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord (recently discontinued), Toyota Camry, Chevy Malibu, Lexus GS450h, and Saturn Aura. This list doesn’t even include hybrid suv models.

For those who are just starting to research hybrids, a hybrid car is (simply stated) a vehicle that includes a gas engine and an electric engine.  The electric motor is powered by batteries that recharge during braking, and it also is designed to assist the traditional gasoline motor as needed. And, while we might be driving plug-in hybrids in the very near future, current hybrid car models do not (contrary to popular belief) need to be plugged in.  Todays hybrid vehicles look and drive so much like other cars that without hybrid badges, you might not notice them.

There is no question that the most popular hybrid vehicle is the Toyota Prius.  Month after month, and year after year, the Prius continues to outsell all other hybrid makes and models. Its tremendous popularity is based on its size, affordable price, futuristic design, incredible gas mileage, and many other factors. Even so, Toyota isn’t resting on the success of the Prius, as a 2009 “next generation” model is due out soon.

Other manufacturers are also jumping into the hybrid passenger car field, with the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and others expected to go green in the next 2 years.  And, as hybrid technologies continue to improve and become less expensive, we expect the best hybrid cars are yet to come.  It’s also getting easier to find more used hybrid cars for sale, which benefits everyone.  Some day, 60 mpg vehicles might seem really inefficient. With 2007 in the history books, 2008 upon us, and 2009 fast approaching…the top new hybrid cars are all but here! Isn’t this fun?

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