Detroit Learning to Love Hybrids

Demand for gas-electric vehicles a sliver of the market, but it's a sliver Detroit can't ignore.

Published: 12-Jan-2005

DETROIT (CNN/Money) - Once again, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit highlighted both the best and worst in fuel economy.

A few high points and low points, from a mileage standpoint:

Honda Motor Co. announced plans to lease a single fuel cell powered car to an actual customer as a show of commitment to new fuel technology.

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