The fact that the sales of hybrids, diesels and other alternative-fuel vehicles are increasing shouldn't be news to readers of AutoblogGreen. However, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers have offered some real numbers in a recent press release. According to figures reported by R.L. Polk & Co., there are now 9 million alternative-fuel automobiles in the U.S. The Alliances states that auto manufacturers are well on their way of reaching their goal of selling 1 million alternative-fuel cars in 2006 and believe they will reach their goal of selling 2 million in 2008.
There are currently 46 alternative-fuel cars and trucks available to Americans. A list can be found at www.DiscoverAlternatives.com, an off-shoot of the Alliance's main website. The list conveniently categorizes the vehicles by type: hybrids, diesels/biodiesels, E85-capable, electric, and natural gas.

For the perennial skeptics who are wondering why the 9 manufacturers (BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen) are promoting their gas-saving vehicles through a large lobby group, a partial answer may be found in the "about" page on the Alliance's website. Among its listed goals is "[t]o promote market-based, cost-effective solutions in preference to mandates on public policy issues." Makes sense, so where's Honda?

[Source: The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers]

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