A few years ago, oil prices were over $100/barrel. Today they're half that and projected to fall further. Gasoline prices have dropped accordingly, with regular going below $2/gal in some areas. SUV sales are back up. On a side note, what happened to peak oil? The drop in prices and the previous rise in prices is largely due to the financial markets and Saudi Arabia increasing production to push foreign competitors out of the market. (They can produce oil much cheaper than the US). Would you reconsider your hybrid purchase, whether it be the VW Jetta, Audi A6, or VW Touareg? How much money have you saved vs. spent extra for the hybrid trim? What does this mean for the future of the hybrid and EV market?