According to the study, consumer realization that hybrid cars are not as thrifty as initially perceived is the main cause for the loss of interest in hybrid vehicles. J.D. Power’s Mike Marshall told reporters from The Detroit News that,
“The decrease in consideration of hybrids in 2007 may be a result of their more realistic understanding of the actual fuel economy”
More and more people are becoming aware that diesel cars can offer up to 30% better mileage than equivalent petrol powered cars and are often more frugal than even petrol-electric hybrids. Still, combined sales of diesels and hybrids account for only 5% of the US market but the trend is likely to change soon in the favor of diesels as more car makers announce plans for a US diesel roll-out.