'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.



Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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