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Hybrid Cars

Apparently Holden has decided to build a hybrid Commodore.

Hybrid vehicles typically cost about 20 to 30% more than a car with a regular petrol engine. The price of the hybrid Commodore is far from confirmed, but it is likely to be more than $40,000. The basic Commodore V6 costs $35,000... Typically, hybrid cars do not make financial sense; fuel savings usually don't cover the price premium. Using the national annual average distance travelled of 15,000 kilometres, it would take up to nine years to recoup the cost in fuel savings... For 30 years, the import tariff on four-wheel-drives — among the thirstiest vehicles on the roads — have attracted a lower tariff than more fuel-efficient passenger vehicles. Today, most 4WDs attract a 5% tariff while most cars attract a 10% tariff.

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