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Hybrid Interest Surges Among U.S. Consumers

(Akron/Tire Review) The number of U.S. consumers “strongly” considering purchasing a hybrid vehicle jumped from 17% to 29% from 2004 to 2005, according to a survey conducted by Maritz Automotive Research Group.

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The survey, which questioned 1,009 adults in the U.S., found that 97% of those considering hybrids wanted to reduce fuel costs. Others (75%) wanted to reduce dependence on foreign oil and still others (55%) wanted to receive tax credits. Better engine performance was cited by 27%.

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