Gas prices impact car-purchasing decisions in the U.S.
Hybrid sales are taking off again as gasoline prices soar:
Reported sales of hybrids in the US in November rose 82% year-on-year to reach 33,233 total units, representing 2.8% of all light-duty vehicles sold during the month. GM does not break out its hybrid sales separately, and so is not reflected in the hybrid number — thus, the actual hybrid total and new market share will [be] slightly higher.
Toyota posted a strong month, with Prius sales hitting 16,737 units, up 109% from the year before.
Still a small fraction of U.S. vehicles sold, but gas prices clearly do have some impact on purchasing decisions.