An earlier blog noticed that the waiting list for hybrids is getting shorter in some regions. But with the growing popularity of subcompact vehicles in times of high gas prices, those vehicles are now scarce on dealer lots, at least in Columbus, Ohio.

Dealers there report demand is very high for the Honda Fit, which is not built in any of Honda's five North American assembly plants. Honda had targeted sales of up to 60,000 units but recently lowered expectations to 40,000 simply because they can't import enough vehicles. A new plant being built in Indiana could start producing vehicles in 2008.

The Fit gets lower gas mileage than a Civic but is priced more economically and appeals to budget-minded shoppers.

[Source: Columbus Dispatch]

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