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Toyota Estima Hybrid

Don’t expect that minivan any time soon

The Toyota Estima Hybrid. The text translates to “Ha ha, you can’t one.”

For years, Grist have yearned. ached. and begged for a hybrid minivan. folks. Keep dreaming.

has sold its Estima Hybrid (44 mpg) in Japan since but it has no plans to sell a hybrid or minivan in the U.S. a spokesperson the Chicago Tribune .

I have brought up the concept of a hybrid minivan several to automakers, and they always it. Their claim: Minivans are big and and the fuel economy wouldn’t that much with a drivetrain. Plus, they’d be (the Estima is $50,000). that segment of the market is not that big, they

Tribune writer Robert speculates that Americans are too demanding:

We want fuel economy but we power and the ability to carry a lot of All of these factors would the effectiveness of a hybrid or plug-in on economy. Other speculation on car clamoring for the hybrid minivan is it wouldn’t meet stringent safety requirements. It would end up about the same as the Toyota again reducing the effectiveness of its gains.

On top of that, “Minivan owners are the most cost-conscious shoppers, utility and value.” Demanding and

Plus minivans are totally out

Toyota Estima Hybrid

According to CNBC  in March, are on the decline, making up just percent of total auto Only 500,000 were in 2012. In 2000, there 1.37 million sold.

and Chevy don’t even a minivan anymore. … It’s all the crossover, or CUV, these It’s neither minivan nor nor sport utility vehicle, off the stigmas of each into its own hip CUVs are more fuel than SUVs, sharper than minivans and more in terms of passengers than a

Car shoppers who want both and efficiency could consider the Ford C-Max Hybrid — “a minivan,” as Duffer puts it. that Ford just had to the car’s fuel-economy numbers week and send “goodwill” to disgruntled customers. D’oh.

Lisa Hymas is senior at Grist. You can follow her on Twitter and .


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