Georgia and the Hybrid Car

We live an amazing and beautiful state: Georgia. Plants, animals, an amazing eco-structure, land features of all types, they all make Georgia a destination for nature lovers across the United States. But, with all of this beauty at our disposal, how many of us have actually entertained the thought of purchasing a Hybrid Chevy or General Motors vehicle? I’ll bet several hands are raised; mine is.

Well, for those people who want to lessen their carbon footprint and get more smiles per mile, then you might want to consider looking into a Hybrid, like the Chevy Volt, for example.

With the ever increasing cost of gas, hybrid and electric vehicles are attracting more and more shoppers. In fact, there are waiting lists. However, according to a study from Accenture*:

Six out of 10 consumers are only more likely to purchase a hybrid or electric car when it is “superior” to gasoline models on all purchasing factors, such as safety, entertainment, navigation and cost of care.

I can understand this. As Americans, we are driven by performance as well as style, sometimes at the cost of paying more at the pump. While those that have driven a hybrid, or electric vehicle rate fuel efficient as good to excellent, most rate the ride, performance, style and other factors as good.

With 42 percent of respondents likely to buy a hybrid or electric auto in the next two years, this information could be extremely useful to auto manufacturers.

So, if you are in the market for a new car, and are considering purchasing a hybrid car, here are some key factors you should consider, outside of increased fuel efficiency:

1. Performance
2. Style
3. Safety
4. Entertainment Features
5. Navigation Features
6. Cost of Care

What is your take on the Hybrid? Future purchase? Waste of money? I’d never be caught dead in that thing? Leave me a comment…especially if you already own a hybrid.

Of course, you are always welcome to come out to Southtowne and take a first hand look and make up your own mind.

*Accenture surveyed 1,850 consumers in five countries, including Germany, France, Italy, the United States and Canada.

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