2008 Automotive Environmental Index

According to a recent study by J.D. Power and Associates, more than 80 percent of consumers feel that the United States is currently facing an energy crisis. Additionally, nearly 80 percent of consumers believe that gas prices will continue to rise. But how will this affect the purchase decisions new-car buyers make? The recently released J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Alternative Powertrain StudySM offers some insights:

* Only 18 percent of those surveyed believe the perceived energy crisis can be addressed by focusing on small vehicle production with better fuel economy

* The percentage of consumers who considered a hybrid-electric vehicle is up from 50 percent in 2007 to 62 percent in 2008

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