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
A Toyota Prius hybrid    (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, FILE)
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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. (Read more hybrid car stories.)