@ Matthew Terrell
'They just need to make a decent family type car. It's can't be that hard....'
You'll be wanting the Chevvy Volt then - a plug-in hybrid which if you're a regular commuter will let you spend most of your time tootling around on electric power, but gives you the extended range and performance of a small (1.4l) petrol engine. When you get home, plug it in to the household supply and recharge it overnight.
Due Yankside late 2010; likely to be built in Europe by Vauxhall or Opel the year after.
Looks horrible (like almost all American cars) though.