So I’m flipping through a magazine this morning and stumble on a glossy ad featuring a muscley sports car. The tag line:

THE CHARGER HYBRID — IT BURNS GAS AND RUBBER

Sigh.

Anyway, speaking of hybrids, I have a question. As everyone’s noticed, the hybrid market seems to be moving toward performance-based cars that boost power without doing much to boost gas mileage. Greens no doubt view this as a disaster. But lots of auto-geeks think that, as this Autoblog post puts it, the "honeymoon is over" for hybrids in terms of fuel economy, what with constant reports that their real-world mileage doesn’t approach their advertised mileage.

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So, are hybrids making a necessary shift to preserve their expanding market? Or are performance-based hybrids a reflection of the greed and perfidy of automakers and autobuyers alike?

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