will the first Hybrid Minivan be sold in the United States?
Industry experts are speculating that it will be in 2008, and
more than likely it will be introduced by none other than Toyota.
You can bet that when they finally get here, millions of
moms and families with more than 2.1 kids will be snatching them up.
Used hybrid minivans are also sure to be a big hit, so get
for headlines like "Hybrid Minivans For Sale" coming to a newspaper
classified ads section near you.
Since 2001, Toyota has been selling a hybrid mini van called the Estima
in Japan, which is smaller than it's popular U.S. cousin - the Sienna.
The Toyota Estima was also redesigned in 2006 and reports
indicate that even as a seven seat vehicle, it gets nearly 45 miles per
gallon (US). Based on the number of people searching for
green vans, the demand in North America is huge. In addition,
rental companies and taxi cab services would likely add thousands of
these hybrids to their fleets.
For domestic car
manufacturers, the hybrid minivan represents
incredible opportunity to be first to market. With the
demand for the Sierra, Toyota hasn't been overly motivated to match
their domination of hybrid cars (Prius) and suv's (Highlander) by
rolling out a hybrid version of their minivans. Bring on the
Chrysler Town & Country hybrid, the Dodge Caravan hybrid, or
Chevy or Ford version of these more fuel efficient family haulers.
Watch out for Honda as well, as rumors have started to
that a hybrid Odyssey could be in development. Regardless of
wins this race, we're all winners when more hybrid transportation
options are presented. In addition, the preowned / used
minivan market will be the next ripe opportunity. Pick the