U.S. Carmakers Slow To Join Hybrid Parade

Hybrids starting to become mainstream with Detroit focusing on trucks first.

Published: 29-Dec-2003

You can test-drive a 2004 Prius at Alexandria Toyota, but if you buy one you can't take it home. The waiting list stretches at least to April.

"I didn't expect this much interest," said sales manager Mike Baird, who has 65 Priuses on back order.

The gasoline-electric hybrid car that started as a fad for environmentalists has become a full-fledged phenomenon. It is Motor Trend magazine's "car of the year" and one of the fastest-selling vehicles in the nation.

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