Hybrid Sales Expected to Jump

According to J.D. Power and Associates “Automotive Forecasting Services Hybrid-Electric
Vehicle Outlook,” sales of hybrid-electric vehicles in the United Sates between 2005 and
2012 are expected to grow by 268 percent. Hybrid vehicle sales are anticipated to rise from
about 212,000 vehicles in 2005 to 780,000 by 2012. J.D. Power announced that while there
are now only 11 hybrid models available in the United States, by 2012 that could swell to
52 models.

By 2012, buyers may be able to purchase a hybrid vehicle in nearly all segments,
including full-size pickups, minivans and luxury cars. The hybrid-electric vehicle market
has grown from two models and fewer than 10,000 vehicles sold in the year 2000, to 11
models and an estimated 212,000 vehicles sold in 2005.

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