Green or Just Green with Envy?

Hybrids are cool, but is it because they make others green with envy?

Published: 29-Dec-2004

Who says auto chieftains only care about profits?

Consumers have successfully pushed for a more fuel-efficient automobile. Among major manufacturers, there have been contenders powered by fuel cells, compressed natural gas, electricity, even the sun.

But the impending arrival of the Honda Accord hybrid sedan confirms the early winner is clearly the gasoline-electric drive train. Ford Motor Co. makes the Escape Hybrid SUV, General Motors Corp. will have a hybrid pickup truck soon, Honda Motor Co. has the Insight and Civic compacts and Toyota Motor Co.p. hit gold with the Prius sedan.

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