Originally Posted by hafid
hybrids are a big thing here, but in europe....well, they're just not well received. why? diesel engines. a similar sized diesel car as the prius will get over 70 mpg, and have a bit more oopmh...it's a tough sell for them to grasp the big deal when you're getting such high fuel economy. the "green" factor doesn't come into play much sadly.
in a way hybrids are a marketing device... Europes has had sky high (compared to the US) gas prices for decades, so you would think they would have more incentives to go hybrid, but fact of the matter is, the mpg benefits of a hybrid are not that much better than what a diesel can provide... that and also diesels were the prevailing technology for fuel economy in the past. the US just never had the incentive to make the switch to diesel... I remember some of the complaints for early adoption of diesel was polution issues and performance handicap, compared to regular gasoline, and, get this, reduced availability!
if we really had diesel availability issues, then we wouldn't have any goods shipped by truck to every corner of the country... that was just a rediculous excuse if we got on the diesel band wagon, every station in the country would carry diesel... it's no harder to carry than having 3 separate octane ratings (although I think mid grade octane does not necessarily have to be carried by truck... I think it can be mixed at the delivery site).
there are some great diesel cars available now... mercedes e-class turbo diesel is a great vehicle, with little compromises.
besides diesels, we've has electric vehicles and CNG vehicles make their attempts in this market... and it seems that the US is simply too particular to accept change... the hybid's one benefit over these guys, is that they can use the installed base of gas stations that are available across the country... kinda silly IMO.
Silverado has a hybrid version too.