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it seems that not only we are hurting. Below is an excerpt from Syndey Morning Herald, an Australian newspaper. To clarify the language: 4WD = SUV, petrol = gas ;)

Petrol price pushes 4WDs off the road
By Kirsty Needham and Harriet Alexander
August 20, 2005


Fewer new four-wheel-drive passenger vehicles were registered in Sydney during the first half of this year than in the same period in 2004, as a result of higher petrol prices.

The Roads and Traffic Authority recorded 14,330 new registrations over the period, compared with 16,817 a year earlier. In June there were 2511 new registrations, compared with 3162 in June 2004.

Car dealers said high fuel prices had forced many owners of 4WD vehicles to sell them.

"I've had people come to me and say, 'Look, I'm over driving this car and spending $100 on fuel. Get me something cheaper,' " said one northern beaches dealer, Mark Booth.

The owner of Cars Wanted, Andrew Nischler, said there had been a 20 per cent jump in people trading in 4WD vehicles this year. "There's definitely a heap of them going on the market," he said. "The prime reason is the price of fuel. There's just less people wanting them, period."

The average price of petrol across Sydney rose to a record $1.25 a litre on Thursday, at the peak of the weekly price cycle, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's petrol monitor.

AdvertisementThe RTA says 859 hybrid electric-petrol cars are registered in NSW.

The Australian Consumers Association cautions, however, that these are not the cheapest solution for people who want to reduce driving costs. An association spokesman, Norm Crothers, said the weekly fuel saving from a hybrid would not cover the extra $20,000 it would cost to buy one, compared with a small car that also had low fuel consumption.

Other risks with hybrids, he said, included the fact that "it is unknown how long the battery will last and how much it will cost to replace it in 10 years' time".

Despite the increased marketing of more expensive high-octane fuel, soaring petrol prices had retarded sales growth in that category, a Shell spokeswoman said. Drivers of cars that did not need such fuel, but who had used it to enhance engine performance, were returning to ordinary petrol.

"The difference at that high-premium end starts to hurt the hip pocket, and there has been some downgrading," the Shell spokeswoman said.

A Mobil spokesman said a small percentage of vehicles need high-octane fuel but a growing number of people with prestige vehicles used it to enhance their car's performance.

The consumer's association said it was risky for drivers of cars that require high-octane fuel to ignore the manufacturers' advice in an attempt to save pennies at the bowser.

"It can do a lot of very expensive damage," Mr Crothers said.
 

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"The consumer's association said it was risky for drivers of cars that require high-octane fuel to ignore the manufacturers' advice in an attempt to save pennies at the bowser."

I have never even TRIED to save money at the bowser. ;)

Homer

why do some people insist that us and our friends from down under speak the same language? :D
 

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Don't mind me for saying this, but I think there is a good side to these price increases. R&D. It's only this way that the market will stimulate automakers and governments into finding solutions for lower fuel consumption or alternatives to the internal combustion engine altogether. Let's face it the petrol era is coming to an end. It's unsustainable if people across the world will start driving. Why spending billions in trying to secure oil sources from unstable parts of the world and not use the same funds into research for alternative energy?
My name is goldmu and I am addicted to gas burning cars. But I am trying...
 

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Good catch, Homer. From Encarta:

"BOWSER - a trademark for a mobile tanker with a pumping apparatus, containing fuel for aircraft or military vehicles."
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bowser
petrol pump (gas pump) at filling station (service station); from S.F. bowser, U.S. inventor of the first such pump.



goldmu,

you are right. It is a scare thought that China and India have so many vehicles as USA, I mean per capita. Petrol/gasoline will be gone!!!!:(
 
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