I am sure that everone on the planet who drives an oil-based fuel car would love to be able to replace it with a hybrid, like the Honda Civic.

This is only available in a saloon and is manufactured in the US. The price is a little high but probably a fair one when you consider the savings in fuel costs. However, if this car is to wet the taste buds of the UK market, it really should be available in a range of models and not look American.

The manufacturing costs will, I am sure, come down if the volume were to increase.

Perhaps a good solution to encouraging the purchase of these cars would be for the government to reduce or eliminate VAT on them until they are being produced in large enough quantities to reduce their price.

Jon Norton
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