SUVs Roar . . . While Hybrids Whimper

Despite a record 29 models on the market (nearly double the number three years ago) — and loud predictions from Democratic pols and their media parrots that hybrids are in demand — hybrid vehicle market share continued to decline in September from its high in the $4-a-gallon-gas spring of 2008.

August hybrid sales came in at just 2.3 percent — down from 2.8 percent a year ago and 3.2 percent in April, 2008. The huge increase in green offerings looks less like a way to meet market demand and more like a way for manufacturers to get credits towards federal mpg fleet mandates.

The Toyota Prius — the king of the green niche — continues to account for over 50 percent off hybrid sales.

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