Toyota and Honda Lead In Hybrid Marathon for Now

Five years down the road, virtually every major auto manufacturer is going to be in the game, admits Honda spokesman. It's going to be a different market.

Published: 31-Jan-2005

In the race for green -- environmental green -- carmakers have turned increasingly to gas-electric hybrids, with Toyota lapping the competition.

Honda is solidly in second place. Most others are still in second gear. Yet, the race is far from over.

Toyota -- and Honda to a lesser extent -- whose U.S. headquarters both are in Torrance, have established themselves as the top sellers of low-emission hybrid vehicles.

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