Prius Considerations Increase as Do Gas Prices

As gasoline prices make a move upward, there are undoubtedly a whole lot of people at a few companies in southeastern Michigan who are holding their breath, waiting to see what happens.

As gasoline prices make a move upward, there are undoubtedly a whole lot of people at a few companies in southeastern Michigan who are holding their breath, waiting to see what happens.

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According to the folks at Edmunds.com, one thing that’s happening is that since the beginning of the year, the Toyota Prius, which is already the number-one selling hybrid, is getting a whole lot more “consideration”: based on the measurement of people going to the Edmunds website to check out vehicles, the interest in the Prius is up more than 30%.

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When you take into account the finding that consideration of all other hybrids and small cars is up but 11% during the same period of time, seems that the vehicle that is essentially synonymous with “hybrid” is getting a lot of looks. And as the lineup expands, chances are the attention will grow as well.

The ramifications of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami may have an effect on the availability of the Prius.

What about the Chevy Volt and the Nissan LEAF?

Edmunds data shows that their consideration is staying fairly steady. One reason may be simply that the early production of both has already been sold out, so there may be little reason to look at what you can’t get. Of course, if that was the case there would be a whole lot of websites with little traffic. . . .