Gas Crunch Steers Soaring Hybrid Sales

Some 62% of new car buyers look to the gas-sippers
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2008 10:45 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Sales of hybrid cars could soar to 2 million a year by 2013 as higher gas prices and concerns about global warming spark surging interest in fuel efficient vehicles, Wired reports. Well over half—62%—of new car buyers are already considering a hybrid, according to a recent survey. Consumers who aren't satisfied with the current hybrid options will have as many as 88 models to choose from in the next few years.