Polk's study tracked repurchase rates of consumers in eco-friendly markets -- including Los Angeles; San Francisco; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; and San Diego, among others -- and discovered that those customers were only slightly more loyal to hybrid vehicles than the nation at large. The top eco-friendly market, West Palm Beach, Fla., had a repurchase rate of 43.2 percent.
Plache of Edmunds.com said that even among groups known for their environmental consciousness, hybrid purchase rates aren't always high:
People talk about the 'Gen Ys' on the market, and how much more concerned they are about doing the environmentally friendly thing. But when you look at the cost of hybrids and electrics, the differences are often too great. Unless the numbers are there, it's hard to justify making that purchase for the purpose of saying, 'I'm living greener.'
In the future, sales of full hybrids may be affected by "partial-hybrid" technology, such as start-stop systems. In those cases, consumers will be able to get some of the benefits of hybrids with lower initial costs, Plache said. "As CAFÉ standards increase, you're going to see more and more automakers adding hybrid 'parts' to their cars. At some point, the line between hybrids and conventional vehicles will be less distinct than it is today."
In the meantime, Polk will continue to watch gasoline prices and work closely with its customers to analyze its impact on hybrid sales. Smith said to date, gas prices have had little or no impact on hybrid segment loyalty.
There's no clear-cut answer to the fuel price concerns of today. Until there's a more definitive answer on what the technology of tomorrow will be, consumers will continue to make purchases based on what's comfortable. And today, that's still gasoline.
For a close-up look at GM's Chevy Volt, go to the Drive for Innovation site and follow the cross-country journey of EE Life editorial director, Brian Fuller.
A faction that was the vast majority, however. The anti-Federalists were for states rights, but a smaller faction. The current US government, as a whole, does not act like either faction. And, votes decided the argument ultimately - For the Federalist system but with States/individual rights being protected by the Constitution. Now, most people don't evern realize that we actual do the opposite of what the Constitution actually says.
FrankeWye : Your questions do not make sense to me.
It was perfectly legal for the British and the allies to create countries by giving indigenous people their independence in repayment for their help in WWI.
The point was that the British never intended or ever did try to create an independent Israel. Their intent and mandate was to only create a Jewish homeland community within the Arab country of Palestine. There was no question of Jewish independence, because there were only about 30,000 Jews in the whole area, they spoke Arabic, and did not want independence. Only foreign European Jews wanted an independent Israel, like Weisman and ben Gurion.
Israel happened as an independent country because the British were tired having their soldiers killed by Zionist terrorists like Stern and Irgun, and handed the problem over to the UN instead of finishing their job.
As I understand the Federalist Papers, they were the opinions of only one faction, such as Hamilton and Madison, and did not reflect the founders in general.
In contrast, the Churchill Whitepaper was the official authorized intent of the entire British government, (as well as the other allies present at the Treaty of San Remo).
FrankWye : Clearly the British were trying to get what support they could for WWI, and they played up both the Arab and Zionists. But once the interpretations came into conflict, the British had to authorize an explanation to clear up any disputes, confusion, misinterpretation, etc. And that is the Churchill Whitepaper you can find at the Avalon project. It makes it absolutely clear that the Palestine Arabs were supposed to be prepared for independence, while a Jewish home land within the Arab Palestine was also to be supported and encouraged. It was not legal or practical to even consider an independent Jewish homeland. That was created by the UN, 26 years later, after the Holocaust, millions of addition Jewish immigrants, and terrorist attacks by Zionist gangs like Irgun, Stern, and Lehi made a peaceful single country solution unlikely. But since the 1948 UN partition, the Zinoists have constantly been conducting ethnic cleanings, confiscating not only Arab property in the Israeli side, but invading, occupying and confiscating Arab property in the Arab side of the 1948 UN partition as well.
FrankeWye : What more do you need? I already gave you the 1922 Churchill Whitepaper that clearly said there was to be no independent Israel, but only a Jewish homeland within an Arab Palestine. And that was long after Jordan was given to the Hashemites.
Perhaps if you read what T.S. Lawrence had to say?
Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the "Freedom Party" (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.
The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States. ...
Before irreparable damage is done by way of financial contributions, public manifestations in Begin's behalf, and the creation in Palestine of the impression that a large segment of America supports Fascist elements in Israel, the American public must be informed as to the record and objectives of Mr. Begin and his movement. The public avowals of Begin's party are no guide whatever to its actual character. Today they speak of freedom, democracy and anti-imperialism, whereas until recently they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist state. It is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real character; from its past actions we can judge what it may be expected to do in the future.
Attack on Arab Village
A shocking example was their behavior in the Arab village of Deir Yassin. This village, off the main roads and surrounded by Jewish lands, had taken no part in the war, and had even fought off Arab bands who wanted to use the village as their base. On April 9 (THE NEW YORK TIMES), terrorist bands attacked this peaceful village, which was not a military objective in the fighting, killed most of its inhabitants ? 240men, women, and children – and kept a few of them alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem. Most of the Jewish community was horrified at the deed, and the Jewish Agency sent a telegram of apology to King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan. But the terrorists, far from being ashamed of their act, were proud of this massacre, publicized it widely, and invited all the foreign correspondents present in the country to view the heaped corpses and the general havoc at Deir Yassin.... }
It is impossible for any responsible Jew to support Israel and what Israel has done.
FrankWye : Why is it you still don't seem to know anything about the Mideast? The British were given the Mandate for Palestine solely to prepare it for Arab independence, and had no other option or desire. Only a dishonest and immoral person would even hint that any of the Arabs did not want to stay. The only reason any Arabs left is because they were being murdered, raped, beaten and robbed by the illegal Zionist immigrants. We are not talking about "bad incidents". The entire existence of Israel is based on murder, rape, extortion, and terrorism. It is not their land, they don't belong there, and they are the mass murderers, in the past, present, and future.
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
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