Hybrid

Are You Overpaying For Your Hybrid? (Motley Fool)

motley-fool-logoArticle by Bret Kenwell for The Motley Fool

Lately, gasoline prices have been headed in a favorable direction: Down. But over the last several years — especially in states like California and New York — we’ve seen gas prices walk a line that many U.S. drivers have found angering and nearly unacceptable. In order to counter the effects of higher gasoline prices, automakers have introduced hybrid technology. But is it worth it? Do drivers of hybrid vehicles really benefit from this added technology? The folks at MojoMotors.com, a website designed to track vehicles and price drops at car dealerships, shed some light on how far customers have to drive in order to recoup the premium paid for the hybrid option rather than the standard model.  [keep reading]

How do gas prices affect hybrid cars?

We already let you find out if buying a hybrid car is worth it and it got us thinking. Hybrid technology has been available for decades but it wasn’t until gas prices spiked in the mid 2000′s that they really grew in popularity. Despite becoming more popular on roadways, hybrids have yet to dominate American engine bays like the internal combustion engine. Why is that? Is it their asking price which can be 20% higher than a non-hybrid? Is it fluctuating gas prices?

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We wanted to find out. Using monthly data from January 2013 through June 2014, we tracked the ‘Follows’ on hybrids and other vehicles received as a percentage of total follows on Mojo Motors. We used follows as the metric for activity since shoppers that follow cars want alerts when dealers drop prices. [keep reading]

5 cars to buy instead of a hybrid

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 1.09.29 PMOwning a hybrid means you’re saving money on gas and being green at the same time, right? You’re practically a model citizen! Not to the state department – they’re losing gas tax revenue. As of this month, Virginia and Michigan have implemented $100 annual fees for hybrid vehicles. North Carolina, Arizona and Oregon are reviewing similar proposals. Read more about it here.

So what do you do? Pay more for a hybrid than a gas-fueled car and then pay an annual fee? If you live in one of the affected states, you’ll probably want to sidestep this new hybrid tax. That’s why you should you consider some of these non-hybrid cars with great fuel economies.  [keep reading]

Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

As November closes in towards Thanksgiving, a couple of things have to happen. First, lots of delicious turkeys have to be brutally killed for next Thursdays festivities. Second, the finale of the Nascar Sprint Cup season will culminate in a battle between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards this Sunday. Until these two things happen, check out the links below this picture of an Alfa Romeo American roads will never see.

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- For more pictures of all the cool cars America rarely sees, check out Simon’s Car Spots

- Consumer Guides Auto created a gallery of the “weird and wild” cars from SEMA

- Edmunds InsideLine’s intel report on the the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7

- What’s really better for the environment: diesels or hybrids?

- Jimmie Johnson is going to come out on top in the 2012 Nascar season

Putting it into park: Weekend Linkage

The whole Joe Paterno thing has been a bit distracting and dominated the airwaves the past few days. No worries because we’ve got you covered on what happened in the world of cars from the week that was November 7th through the 11th. Links for some of the biggest car stories are below this hideous picture.

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- Yahoo! Autos lists 14 vehicles that will meet their end in 2012 and some won’t be missed

- The Chevrolet Captiva will confuse American car buyers

- This lady will change your opinion of Toyota Prius drivers

- Is the Nissan Quest going to takeover the minivan segment?

- Traffic exhaust not only smells bad but it will make you dumber

- A picture of Cadillac’s newest flagship, the XTS, is floating around the web


Photo credits: CNN Money

Cool used car of the future: Jaguar C-X75

Electric cars and plug-in hybrids aren’t typically seen as being cool cars because they’re not. The Jaguar C-X75 is an exception and a cool used car of the future for a few reasons.

  1. It’s a hybrid supercar
  2. Each wheel has its own electric engine that total up to 700+ horsepower
  3. It will be built by a Formula-1 racing team
  4. Zero to 60 MPH in under 3 seconds
  5. Top speed of over 200 MPH

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