Teaching SUVs to Sip, Not Suck, Fuel

Detroit's answer to rising energy prices: Hybrid gas-electric versions of the vehicles so many Americans love to drive

Americans may hate having to shell out $2 or more per gallon at the gas pump, but they show no sign of wanting to give up their gas-guzzling sport-utility vehicles, which now account for one-fifth of all light vehicle sales. Last year, even in the midst of rising gas prices, SUV sales were up 9%, to 3.52 million units, in an overall car and truck market that contracted by 7%.

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