'Bi-Polar' Automakers Pushing Green Machines and Gas Guzzlers

While announcing five new hybrid models, Ford displayed at the 2005 NAIAS souped-up 2005 Mustangs with 300-plus horsepower V-8 engines; the limited-production, 550-horsepower Ford GT; and a gleaming polished-aluminum Shelby GR-1 concept car with 605 horsepower. Toyota talked of its new Lexus while debuting its own 500 hp muscle machine.

Published: 14-Jan-2005

DETROIT -- The auto industry is being driven in two directions this year as it tries to cash in on very different trends: hybrids and horsepower.

At the North American International Auto Show, which opens to the public today in Detroit for a 10-day run, carmakers are touting a slew of ecologically friendly gasoline-electric vehicles as well as a host of pedal-to-the-metal gas guzzlers.

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