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GasPasserAB

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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 11:34:17 AM

Paying extra bucks to "go green" in a hybrid car may pay off in self-esteem and image for older drivers, as well as give a healthy boost to the environment, according to a Baylor University study.

The finding is significant because some segments of the older-consumer population control a considerable share of the discretionary income in the United States, and the population size of the "mature market" is growing rapidly, researchers said.
The study is published in the journal Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries.
"If I want to pay $5 for a 'green' detergent or sponge, I'll know that I'm helping the environment. But those things aren't highly visible. Other people aren't going to notice," said Jay Yoo, Ph.D., an assistant professor of family and consumer sci
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MAC48
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:59:49 AM

Hybrids being a status symbol my Gluteus Maximus. With the exception of the thoughts of "that vehicle might fit our transportation needs" that occur when seeing a Tahoe or Yukon hybrid, the thought that crosses my mind when seeing a Prius or similar size hybrid with a senior driver is how can anyone be dumb enough to have lived that long and have so little regard for their own safety.

The people who buy hybrids primarily fall primarily into two groups with the first being those who are trying to make a political agenda statement and the second being those who actually think that they are saving money by paying the cost premium for a hybrid but getting better miles per gallon fuel economy with a break even many years down the road.

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Pete12
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:26:15 PM

Somebody has to buy them or they wouldn't make them!
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remay
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:20:54 PM

I'd rather have a vehicle that makes sense, and not worry about whether it is a status symbol or not.
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bston
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:42:01 PM

We're on our 2nd Camry hybrid & completely pleased with their performance. The first one had 118K miles & no signs of wear whatsoever; hail damage helped us decide to get a new one.
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Nancy&Len
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:22:09 AM

Not for me.
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SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:55:28 AM

They think they are finally beating the oil companies
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leeac
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:44:23 AM

I am an old-______ and I am proud of our Prius. Saving money and looking gooooood!
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daequitz
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:25:57 AM

Hog wash.
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1GhettoWhipper
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 1:47:33 AM

sample size not too large...
seniors are in a minority........
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carloco75
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 1:09:26 AM

LoL..!
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kkimes
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 1:02:19 AM

I guess that puts me squarely in the center of normal. I'm 70, have a 2012 Camry Hybrid and love it. We don't mind taking weekend trips now because it costs me half in gas what it used to. Although I don't get any kind of an ego trip out of it, it does make me feel like I'm doing something for the environment.
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Norm10
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 12:30:49 AM

They really suit old people as they are never in a hurry and don't travel very far!
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Bussman
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 12:28:39 AM

Not really. They are looked upon as playthings for the rich.
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 12:26:08 AM

Not for me.
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millerin
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 11:02:32 PM

not sure
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esq262
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 9:48:40 PM

I'm sure it is.
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lisenclose
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 8:43:06 PM

must be demographics cause around these parts the older crowd love their big cars
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windup
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 7:04:08 PM

Maybe for some seniors - I haven't seen it though.
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Radar1992
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 6:56:34 PM

Most will not be around to see the battery packs needing replacement....
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mike56MI
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 5:50:02 PM

If you say so.
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PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 5:26:29 PM

Not falling for this.
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JDchefF
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 4:50:57 PM

Agree with others, total baloney.
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ClarkSC
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 3:14:28 PM

Are you kidding?
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daytonabiker
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 2:38:13 PM

the seniors destroyed the environment now they want to make it up;
i don't buy it
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gizbo123
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 2:35:00 PM

Not from what i have seen.
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nybearhunter
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 2:05:21 PM

don't believe that one at all.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 2:02:31 PM

total bovine excrement
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jamofsocal
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 2:00:22 PM

They are also status symbols for hipsters.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 1:42:25 PM

All the hybrid vehicles have prominent badging indicating they're a hybrid. Wonder if I could go to a junk yard and pull some of a totaled hybrid? I know there's at least one in Missouri.
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wrunner
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 12:49:59 PM

The oldies have started to live in the Jetson era.

The seniors gotta fight, for the right...to party!

It's the boomers' car of choice, so let them have it.
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hmw10284
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 12:27:18 PM

NOT
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bklynse
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 12:12:50 PM

Well, they've got lots of disposable income...
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highdesertman
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 12:02:46 PM

As a fully-certified senior citizen, I totally disagree with the assertion that driving a hybrid car is some kind of a generational status symbol. Most seniors that I know would rate comfort, practicality and safety as the major factors in selecting a vehicle.
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 12:02:10 PM

That's ridiculous.
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BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 11:59:53 AM


Here Here mastermariner

Well said.
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lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 11:59:46 AM

I prefer the Buick....especially a hybrid.
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 11:43:55 AM

When you get passed 60, nothing is a status symbol, who are you trying to impress?
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peakkeller
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 11:36:12 AM

Age 60 and over - interesting.
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