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First the Hummer, now the Prius?

Ted Balaker
April 11, 2006, 11:04am

When SUVs first emerged, SUV owners were often seen as fit soccer moms or footloose outdoor enthusiasts. But over the years, perceptions changed. Now we know (wink) that SUV owners are really terrorist-supporting defilers of the earth. Might the public's perception of hybrid owners be going through a similar (although less dramatic) evolution? With politicians lobbing so many perks their way, hybrid owners were bound to develop the kind of "teacher's pet" reputation that invites a backlash. Recently, South Park took aim at the smugness of hybrid owners. Virginia carpoolers have been griping about hybrids in the carpool lane for a while and now this: Article here.

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