Chicago—July 6, 2005—As gasoline prices continue to climb, so do orders for hybrid vehicles.
The number of consumers searching for hybrid vehicles on Cars.com tripled in February when gas prices hit $2 a gallon. The searches remain steady and Cars.com decided to answer many of the questions consumers were asking about hybrids.
Cars.com created a Hybrid Vehicle Buying Guide to help educate consumers and clarify some myths about hybrid vehicles. Accessible through the Cars.com home page, the innovative guide answers everything fuel-conscious consumers want to know -- from hybrid vehicle maintenance and new advances in hybrid technology to the differences between the various hybrid models on the market today.
"The Cars.com Hybrid Vehicle Buying Guide is a one-stop-resource for everything you need to know when shopping for a hybrid vehicle," said Joe Wiesenfelder, senior editor and vehicle profiler at Cars.com. "As the technology and facts change and new models become available, the Cars.com Hybrid Vehicle Buying Guide will continue to provide the latest information to consumers."
The guide gives consumers a comprehensive look at all hybrid vehicles on the market and a sneak peek at some of the new hybrid sport utility vehicles that will be in dealer showrooms soon; they include the Mercury Mariner Hybrid and Toyota Highlander Hybrid. It also provides details on other fuel-efficient options, including diesel-powered vehicles.
With so much hype surrounding hybrids, the Cars.com Hybrid Vehicle Buyer's Guide helps clarify some of the common misconceptions regarding hybrid vehicles, such as:
Shoppers can also turn to Cars.com for fuel-efficiency information on all makes and models. Each month, Cars.com helps more than 6 million visitors find the vehicle that's right for them.
Cars.com lists more than 1.4 million vehicles from 10,000 dealer customers, classified advertisers and private parties to offer consumers the best selection of new and used cars online, as well as the content, tools and advice to support their shopping experience. Cars.com combines powerful inventory search tools and new-car configuration with pricing information, photo galleries, buying guides, side-by-side comparison tools, original editorial content and reviews to help millions of consumers connect with sellers each month. Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures, LLC (http://classifiedventures.com), which is owned by six leading media companies, including Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI), Knight Ridder Inc. (NYSE: KRI), The McClatchy Co. (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Co. (NYSE: TRB) and The Washington Post Co. (NYSE: WPO).