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Hybrid Market Share
General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz spoke to the convention of the National Automobile Dealers Association this past weekend and, as usual, he was good for a few quotes. Of particular interest, he told the gathering that he didn't expect hybrid vehicles to ever comprise more than 10 percent of the U.S. new vehicle market.
The fact that auto sales are down from the levels recorded a year ago is no surprise. In fact, it's a bit of a broken record. Note that on Autoblog's monthly By the Numbers post, there's not a hint of green to be seen anywhere, indicating that sales numbers were down across the board for all automakers. That doesn't mean there isn't at least a bit of good news to glean from the doom-and-gloomy sales figures. For instance, both Ford and General Motors posted smaller sales decreases than expected.