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PHOTO CAPTION: Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid are first US sedans to compete with Honda and Toyota

Can Made-in USA Hybrids Beat Japanese Competitors?

Ford's much-acclaimed Fusion Hybrid gets better fuel economy than Toyota Camry and new Honda Insight.

Published: 17-Jan-2009

This year's Detroit auto show presents an opportunity for American automakers to not only tout new energy-efficient vehicles but also to convey another message: When you think innovation, think domestic.

Amid the somber reality that auto sales in the United States are likely to drop this year, automakers are unveiling new models they hope will spur some excitement among environmentalists and consumers.

But no matter how hotly anticipated these cars might be, the question remains as to whether this newest generation of energy-efficient cars can race past their Japanese counterparts when it comes to sales.

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