Carmakers Compete for 'Greenest' Title

They woo consumers with fuel-efficient models, from hybrids to quieter and cleaner diesels.

Published: 10-Jan-2006

With all the buzz surrounding hybrids, just about every automaker is trying to carve out a piece of the burgeoning market for environmentally friendly cars and trucks that harness electric power to boost fuel-efficiency -- including some which harbor misgivings about the technology.

At the upcoming North American International Auto Show, General Motors Corp. will unveil a bargain-priced, gas-electric Saturn Vue Green Line, while Toyota Motor Corp. -- the leader in the field -- will display a hybrid version of its best-selling Camry.

Ford Motor Co., the first U.S. automaker to sell gas-electric vehicles, is going a step further with the sporty Reflex show car featuring a diesel-hybrid powertrain.

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