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Interest in hybrid vehicles grows with gas prices

April 27, 2011 | 12:22 pm

Hybrids are hot.

Web searches for information about hybrid vehicles at have shot up more than 100% year- to-date compared with a year earlier. 

The increase is linked to soaring gasoline prices but still is “remarkable” especially considering that the number of hybrids featured on the auto information website has not risen, said.

The Web traffic numbers for subcompact and compact conventional gasoline engine cars rose 71% and 20% respectively during the same time frame.

Meanwhile, interest in trucks has fallen 17.6% and interest in large SUVs is down 13%.

The national average price of gasoline stands at $3.87 a gallon, up from $2.85 a gallon a year ago, according to the American Automobile Assn.


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