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When will the price of hybrids come down as the supply increases? February 12, 2006 9:19 PM

As more auto makers produce more hybrids, hopefully the increased supply will drive down the prices as I would love to buy when the price is reasonable. $16 to 18k is good for me, not 24k at present. Also, I want to buy one when the bugs have been worked out from previous years.l  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Dan February 13, 2006 12:28 PM

The price will come down (if ever) when the supply exceeds the demand. With rising oil prices (and no end in sight) it is likely that the demand for hybrids will increase faster than they can build them. Bugs? All the bugs will never be worked out, same as any other commodity. Fewer bugs as time goes on, but there is always something more to improve. My 2003 Civic Hybrid has been a good car, and I have a choice of cruising at 75 - 80 at the same mileage as other compacts, or cruising at 55 with 55 - 60 mpg. 70K miles, coast to coast as well as around town, works great.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Supply is the problem February 15, 2006 12:39 PM

This is the main problem that I see with hybrids, the supply never seems to increase. I'm sure it does (I don't know the actual numbers on this) but I know that there are people on waiting lists for new hybrids. It just doesn't make sense. You'd think that if they really wanted to, they could get the supply closer to the demand.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
battery supply February 15, 2006 3:23 PM

I think the problem is the factory making the Nickel Metal hydride batteries can't produce them fast enough. Phil K.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
FYI February 26, 2006 6:50 AM

http://www.autoblog.com/2006/02/22/report-honda-to-market-hybrid-fit-globally-as-early-as-2007  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
When I will buy in February 28, 2006 6:51 PM

When the price drops to 12 ro 15k I will trade in my Echo and buy a hybrid as long as it seats four. A two seater is not practical for me.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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