Low gas prices hurting sales of hybrid vehicles internationally

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It is said that gas prices and improving economy are inversely proportional to each other. As the United States economy is improving, gas prices are declining. Statistics shows that pick-up truck sales in US have increased by 6.5 percent and represent the best-selling vehicle line in the US.

With the decreasing price of gasoline, things are getting withered for hybrid vehicles. Although Toyota Prius remains the most popular hybrid car of the country, it is seen that the sales have dropped by 11 percent. On the other hand, the sales of standard Toyota Prius have declined by 16 percent.

The overall sales of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles have decreased by 5 percent and it is said that the sales will further decrease. On the contrary, sales of pick-up trucks and SUV’s have boosted by 20 percent according to National Public Radio report.

Some analysts say that companies might need to give a serious look to this matter in the future as the improving economy will eventually wipe off the hybrid vehicles from the roads.

While in Pakistan, the sales of hybrids from official dealerships never picked up due to the exorbitant price tags on them, despite high fuel prices in the past. However, the slightly used imported Toyota Prius can be seen in numbers on the roads, which indicates that the car is also popular in Pakistan. Let’s see how the recent cut on fuel prices impacts the sales of hybrid cars in Pakistan.

LamanSamo

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  • Sandtiger

    And why should it pick up, Prius is way over priced in Pakistan, even though government promised the removal of duty on it. It’s a game of supply and demand, no one gives mercy to anyone. Petrol prices have reduced worldwide, in Pakistan they are the first to increase the gas prices and last to decrease and that they do it after coming under a lot of pressure. People will use, whatever they will find feasible and Toyata still has other products being sold very well. Hybrids vehicles are not a bird whose species will stop to exist. It will be manufactured again once will be in need.

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