Most Settlers families are large and growing (Baruch Hashem) but that presents its own unique set of challenges.
One of them is transportation.
I think you see more minivans and station wagons in the Yishuvim than anywhere else in Israel (in the Chareidi towns you'll see more vans). The Mitsubishi Space Wagon, Mazda 5, and the Mazda MPV seem to be the most popular at the moment.
Minivans as you know don't get such great gas mileage compared to Sedans. It's another expensive expense.
A recent study was done that said that (if I recall correctly) at least 50% of Israelis plan or want to buy a Hybrid (or Electric) car within the next 3 years.
The Prius is very popular in Israel and you are seeing more and more of them on the streets. But of course it only has 5 seats, and that's not enough for the typical Settler family.
Yet there are no Hybrid minivans in Israel (or in America either as far as I can tell)!
You would think that there would be.
The typical family (and not just Settlers) would love to have a Hybrid minivan. A lot of driving is stop and go local, and that's where Hybrid's really shine. The gas savings would be tremendous. And to a large family that would be very significant.
So what's going on with the car manufacturers?
Where's my Hybrid minivan?
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