If you look at that list in your second link, you'll notice that 2 of the 4 "new" hybrids are actually Ford Escapes with different badging. Not too encouraging.
I don't understand... what's not encouraging? Ford has committed to offering hybrid versions of its entire product line, and I'm sure other car companies will eventually follow suit. (GM is behind the curve as usual, and I am not surprised.) There aren't many choices at the moment
but it will get better. You know, it's all baby steps. I haven't heard much about Dodge hybrids but they're on the way also.http://www.pickuptruck.com/html/news/ram_contractor.html
Under "More Hybrids Coming Soon", you notice the only pickups are basically the same GM product, and they are still 2 years away.
True, but they're using a more advanced version of the hybrid system intoduced in the same trucks in 2004 (see first link - GM timeline).
Looks like working folk (construction workers, farmers, etc., as opposed to those driving around in little commuter cars) are still going to be waiting for quite a while for anything that helps them out, expecially if you hate GM products.
As Z said, there's always the turbo diesel. Why wait around for a hybrid to come later when you can get a diesel now?:http://www.bankspower.com/tech_TD-fact-Fiction.cfm
Why Buy A Diesel?
Fuel Economy: Diesel engines typically get 50-100% better fuel mileage than gasoline engines due to lower engine speeds, high compression ratio, advanced combustion technology, and the higher energy content of diesel fuel vs. gasoline.
This may sound funny coming from a hot-rodder like me, but those people who look at horsepower over fuel economy these days are stupid, IMO. The days of $0.35 gas are gone and they're not coming back. It makes sense to get more for your dollar at the pump. If I can afford it, my next vehicle will definitely be either a hybrid or a turbo diesel. (But I'm not giving up my hot rod dammit!)
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