Hybrid SUVs Hamstrung by High Demand?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
hybrid suvs hamstrung by high demand

OK, Sharon we'll bite. What's the deal with the Ford Escape Hybrid? Is it true that The Blue Oval Boyz purposely restrict supply because they lose money on every one they sell? And the answer is… "There are regional spots of very high demand," FoMoCo spinmeister Alan Hall told The Detroit News. "We are building to our production plans of 24,000 units per year (of Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids) combined." Sigh. So, surely that's it, yes? I mean we can't very well talk about a shortage of GM's hybrid SUVs, as customers for the two-mode gas – electric behemoths are lined-up none deep. Or can we? "GM's other hybrid trucks, the full-size Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, are hard to find, in part because about half of the automakers' dealers opted not to sell them. Also, GM has produced the vehicles in limited numbers." Aw c'mon Sharon, the reason GM dealers don't have hybrid SUVs on their lots is that nobody wants them. By your own count, GM sold less than 1500 hybrid SUVs so far this year. Suggesting that GM dealers won't stock them because they don't want to "go through special training" is more than disingenuous. It's lying.

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  • AJ AJ on Jul 08, 2008

    Goes to show that the American public is really not that dumb to just buy it if it says "green" on the side. Amazing as that sounds!

  • Cleek Cleek on Jul 08, 2008

    @mdf Given a buyer in Indianapolis what is the actual destination charge for a Prius shipped from a factory on the island vs. a Camry from Ohio?

  • DavidDock DavidDock on Jul 17, 2009

    The idea that Toyota would sell more than a million money-losers, over the period of a decade is laughable. Even the notion that Ford is stamping out 25,000 dead losses a year, year after year, is well within the realm of an “extraordinary claim”. Toyota Camry

  • DavidDock DavidDock on Jul 17, 2009

    I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it’s not about the individual but it can be with everyone. Toyota Camry