"The 'live for today' mentality that prompted the rise of SUVs has disappeared. Consumers today demand products that promise protection and durability. There is a new mentality that emphasizes preparing for and protecting against potential future disasters such as another oil shock or even just steadily rising prices at the pump. Hybrid and electric cars might be positioned to help consumers weather the storm of future spikes at the pump and they might be marketed as long-term investments that can help consumers protect against likely increases in gas prices. Messaging might be similar to advertisements for financial products, with the long-term savings on gasoline measured as 'returns,'" Colin concludes.
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