The Big Change Coming To Dealer Lots - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

The Big Change Coming To Dealer Lots

KHQ.COM - Something was perfectly clear at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show: Green cars are becoming a major presence in our lives.

With rising demand for cars that get great gas mileage -- thanks to steep gas prices and new government mandates that increase fuel efficiency targets -- all the automakers are focusing on green technology.

This week at the Los Angeles Convention Center, major (and a few not-so-major) automakers displayed hybrids, diesels, electric vehicles and high-tech conventional engines that are either available to the public right now or will be very soon.

The market for green vehicles is primed to explode, as gas prices remain high and green vehicle technology continues to improve, becoming more affordable, more reliable and safer (Consumer Reports recently reported that hybrids are safer than conventional vehicles in collisions.)