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Will Hybrid Cars Dominate The Uk Car Market In 2010?

Will Hybrid Cars Dominate The Uk Car Market In 2010?

Year 2009 has seen a drastic recession of all times, and consumers all over the world have changed their spending habits. It has become a matter of concern for each and everyone to spend wisely. People are now well-aware of the need to buy only those products that are pocket-friendly as well as environment-friendly. Environmental issues and climate changes around the globe have raised alarm regarding the future of Earth.

We should strive for the implementation and success of Green Revolution by opting for hybrid cars. The consumer market in the UK is ways ahead in realizing the importance of investing in hybrid cars. This is evident from the fact that most of the motor shows display hybrid cars, to give the consumers a choice to make a change to this world.

According to BBC, Toyota has announced that it shall manufacture a hybrid model of its Auris hatchback in the UK, from the year 2010. This would be the first time that Toyota would be manufacturing a car outside Japan or USA.

This shall greatly reduce the price of hybrid cars in the UK as compared to the imported hybrid cars. This will also prove to be an incentive for other emerging hybrid car manufacturers to set up their plants in the UK. Consequently, consumers will be able to deal in competitive prices, and the hybrid car industry shall flourish. Hence, there is no reason why hybrid cars cannot dominate the UK car market next year.

Hybrid cars may be costly when buying, but the low maintenance cost and high fuel economy are the value-added factors that make it compelling for the car buyers. Currently, the US market tops the hybrid car sales, followed by Japan and Europe.

The hybrid car market of the UK is bound to increase in the year 2010, due to various other factors as well. Though the fuel prices are now in control as compared to the surging oil prices in the year 2007-2008, but it is still not possible for the consumers to keep up with the road taxes, especially in the UK. People who own green cars have to pay less tax than those running conventional cars. Moreover, efforts are being made on the national scale to decrease the depreciation of hybrid car value. This will make resale value equally beneficial for the buying and the selling parties.

The hybrid car technology is being constantly evolved and improved. It is being structured and designed to suit the extreme weather temperature of the UK. Toyota as well as Honda models are striving to introduce special features in hybrid cars to attract the consumers.

Owing to the bad financial picture worldwide, consumers are wary of investing in new cars. But, with proper advertisement and government support, hybrid cars can make a breakthrough in the UK car market, in the year 2010. Even if it does not dominate it, it is bound to increase sizably.

Ford Escape With A Hybrid Engine

Ford Escape With A Hybrid Engine

The Ford Escape is a compact SUV by Ford Motor Company. The first generation Ford Escape made its debut in 2001 as a small sports utility vehicle.

A hybrid version of the Escape was released in 2004, making it the first hybrid SUV.

For the year 2008, the Ford Escape Hybrid has been redesigned with a more aggressive look. The 2008 Escape Hybrid is a 4-door, 5-passenger sport-utility, available in two trims, the FWD and the 4WD. It has its all-new exterior and interior features, along with suspension refinements to improve the ride but retaining its traditional SUV style.

‘the FWD is equipped with a standard 2.3-liter, I4, 133-horsepower, hybrid engine that achieves 34-mpg in the city and 30-mpg on the highway. The 4WD is equipped with a standard 2.3-liter, I4, 133-horsepower, hybrid engine that achieves 29-mpg in the city and 27-mpg on the highway. A variable speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard on both trims.? Speaking of fuel economy, the 2008 Escape is one of the first vehicles to reflect the new EPA test procedures. Ford also assures us that the improved aerodynamics achieves better fuel economy.

The exterior can be described as muscular. The new Escape looks bigger than the model it replaces, but actually it’s the same size, having the same wheelbase and exterior dimensions. notes that the new Ford-edge headlights, made the new Escape “a handsome little rig?.

These are the exterior auto parts that completes the new Escape; higher waistline, revised grille and headlamps, taller hood and larger mirrors.

It also made significant improvements in its interior comfort and quality. It showcases the first U.S. automotive application of seating surfaces made entirely from 100 percent recycled materials. ‘the entire vehicle is about 85% recyclable.? But these fabrics are attractive and expected to be very durable. It has a white-faced speedometer and tachometer back lit with blue lighting that’s easier to read, so it is extremely easy for the eyes at night.

There’s plenty of space to load their stuff, there’s 66 cubic feet with the second row folded and 27.8 cubic feet with all seats up.

‘standard safety features on the 2008 Escape Hybrid include front and side airbags for the front seats and side-curtain airbags that cover rows, four-wheel disc brakes w/abs and tire pressure monitoring.? In government crash test ratings, the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid receives three out of five stars for driver protection.

The price averages at about $30,000, making sure that the Escape remains a competitive small sport-utility vehicle.