Hybrids' Future Likely to Lie in Trucks and SUVs

Hybrid-powered SUVs are scheduled to begin rolling out next fall, with the Ford Escape, Lexus RX330 and Toyota Highlander.

Published: 31-Dec-2003

CHICAGO Instead of steering Americans toward smaller, fuel-sipping cars such as the Toyota Prius, hybrid technology is more likely to encourage them to stick with what they love most: trucks.

The three current gasoline-electric hybrids in the United States are cars: the compact Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid; and the Honda Insight, a smaller two-seater.

A wave of SUVs and pickups with hybrid power are coming in the next few years, some of which will provide only nominal fuel-economy improvements.

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