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Searches for Hybrid Cars Skyrocket on Cars.com in May

High Gas Prices Have Consumers Shopping for Hybrids Again

Searches for hybrids and other fuel-efficient vehicles on Cars.com gained significant momentum in May as gas prices continued to break record highs.

Three hybrid models - the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid and Toyota Prius - all top the list of new cars experiencing the greatest increases in search activity on Cars.com, with each vehicle's search numbers increasing by at least a staggering 52 percent over April. The Toyota Prius also cracked the list of the top 10 new cars with the most searches on Cars.com and now ranks second among cars generating the most email inquiries to dealers. On the flip side, of the new cars experiencing the largest decreases in searches, seven of the top 10 are trucks or SUVs.

"The more that gas prices rise, the more consumers start doing their homework on fuel-efficient cars available on the market," said Patrick Olsen, managing editor of Cars.com. "Fortunately, there are more hybrid models to choose from in 2007 and more coming in 2008, including eight hybrid SUVs."

Consumers can find more information about all hybrid vehicles on the market by visiting Cars.com's new Hybrid Buying Guide.

Below are lists of the most-searched new cars and the new cars experiencing the largest increases and decreases in searches on Cars.com.

Top New-Car Searches (May)
1 Honda Civic
2 Toyota Camry
3 Honda Accord
4 Nissan Altima
5 Acura MDX
6 Toyota Prius
7 Ford Mustang
8 Toyota Corolla
9 Honda CR-V
10 Toyota RAV4

New Cars With Largest Increases in Searches (May)
1 Toyota Camry Hybrid 60 %
2 Ford Escape Hybrid 55 %
3 Toyota Prius 52 %
4 Nissan Sentra 33 %
5 Volkswagen Jetta 29 %
6 Toyota Yaris 27 %
7 Volkswagen Beetle 27 %
8 Honda Fit 25 %
9 Mazda3 22 %
10 Toyota Highlander 22 %

New Cars With Largest Decreases in Searches (May)
1 Toyota FJ Cruiser 23 %
2 Infiniti FX35 19 %
3 Chevrolet Tahoe 17 %
4 Toyota Tundra 17 %
5 BMW X5 12 %
6 Dodge Ram 10 %
7 Chevrolet Impala 10 %
8 Chrysler 300 9 %
9 Dodge Charger 8 %
10 Chevrolet Silverado 7 %

Email Leads Sent to Dealers (May)
1 Honda Civic
2 Toyota Prius
3 Toyota Camry
4 Honda CR-V
5 Toyota Corolla
6 Toyota RAV4
7 Honda Accord
8 Honda Odyssey
9 Toyota Sienna
10 Nissan Altima

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Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures, LLC, (http://classifiedventures.com), which is owned by leading media companies, including Belo (NYSE: BLC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB) and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).

About the Cars.com Consumer Search Index

The Cars.com Consumer Search Index offers a comprehensive look at the internet search behavior of Cars.com visitors. The statistical information is compiled by tracking the more than 9 million unique visitors that log on to the site each month and the vehicles that are most popular. The lists are based off a minimum of 8,000 searches. Dealer inquiries measure the volume of emails consumers send to dealers seeking information about a particular vehicle.

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