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I dont have a long diary to write, but thought this was odd. While looking at Amazon, I noticed a banner ad in the corner, loudly proclaiming "HYBRIDS ARE EVIL: FIND OUT WHY". So I clicked through, and saw this:

You heard it here first, and here’s why: They cost more money, don’t deliver an equal value for all that cash and will keep the filthy little foreign oil rats in business for another 30 years. Hybrids do nothing well but everything okay. That makes about as much sense as diet soda, fat-free ice cream or low-tar cigarettes.

What then follows is a long, hyberbolic rant on the evils of Hybrids and why you should, nay, MUST avoid them at all costs. The site is, which seems to be an offshoot of AutobyTel, and claims as its mission:, the consumer-driven flagship site of Autobytel Inc., expands the company’s mission across the automotive purchase and ownership life cycle. As the first vertical search experience for the automotive marketplace, is designed to connect Internet-savvy consumers to all things automotive from across the Web, a site where shoppers can find cars, parts and accessories; see and share thousands of vehicle photos and automotive-themed videos; research to buy vehicles based on the vast amount of available information, including local dealership details; learn from the best automotive publishing brands and writers; and belong to communities focused on their unique automotive interests.

Ok...sounds fairly innocuous. So why are they coming out so strongly against Hybrids? I'd be curious to find out the background on this. Are they being funded by auto companies desperate to move the SUV's now rusting in dealerships across the country? In theory at least, a used car site doesnt have any interest in tearing down a particular make or model of car, especially since Hybrids will soon be entering the used car market in much higher — and rapidly climbing — numbers than before.

Mind you, I'm not blind to the limitations of Hybrids or the attempts of some auto companies to use Hybrids to greenwash their image while providing little in the way of actual environmental benefit. But this wholesale assault strikes me as odd.

Does anyone know more?

Originally posted to brooklynmatt on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 10:29 AM PDT.

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  •  Seems that "My Ride" is a last ditch effort to (0+ / 0-)

    make AutoByTel profitable again. Here's a link to a USA Today story.

    Primary elections: Vote for the Democrat you prefer (say...Chris Dodd!); General elections: Vote for the Democrat. There's nothing difficult about this, people.

    by PatsBard on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 10:43:07 AM PDT

  •  Maybe because (2+ / 0-)
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    jfm, MsWings

    They are correct perhaps?
    Hybrids make some sense if you live in the city but they still burn gas then. Get on the highway and a standard issue gas engined car, like a Civic EX, will do better. Hybrids weigh more.
    If you want to reduce emmissions while burning fossil fuels buy a diesel!! They are the cleanest most fuel efficient fossil fuel burning vehicles you can buy. A Jetta TDI will turn over 50 mpg on the highway for a couple hundred thousand miles. And I do not mean the silly numbers on a trip computer. I mean calculated on how much fuel it burns between fillups. Show me a hybrid that does that.
    Also, if you read to the end of the article, you did read it all didn't you, you will see it has an authors byline. That makes me think it is an OP/ED peice. Thus not so much expounding the views of the website but the author.

    Duh, Gee Tennesse

    by CEMan on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 10:59:50 AM PDT

    •  battle between diesel and hybrid advocates (0+ / 0-)

      I would agree that hybrids make the most sense for urban and exurban transit. Considering that most of the U.S. population meets that criteria, hybrids are an important vehicle type.

      I would argue that hybrids autos (which will include at some time diesel/biodiesel hybrids) have technical advantages over traditional drivetrain vehicles, including the TDI, in that they offer the smoothest path to an electric vehicle, with (economic) pluggable versions on the near term horizon.

      Weight is not quite the penalty that it is made out to be in a hybrid, and the Prius weighs in at about 3000 lbs, which isn't all that much different than other midsize vehicles, and is mostly mitigated by regeneration anyway.

      My contention is that hybrids autos, really only coming into their third generation, will sustain a fuel economy advantage over conventional drivetrain vehicles, and pricing penalty is considerable less than even a year ago.

    •  Except that there are banner ads on Amazon (1+ / 0-)
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      Who pays for those banner ads? The individual author?

  •  Smells like Astroturf.... (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm as Mad as Hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!

    by UndercoverRxer on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 11:56:52 AM PDT

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