Want proof that hybrids have hit the mainstream? Look no further than this week's Detroit auto show, where Ford won the 2010 North American Car of the Year award for its Fusion Hybrid. The sedan beat out two non-hybrid competitors—the Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf GTI and TDI Diesel—to take this year's honors.
It's hard to say if Toyota could ever put out another hybrid that matches both the sales and hype of the Prius, but car company might be onto something with the FT-CH hybrid, unveiled this week at the Detroit Auto Show. The pint-sized hybrid, which measures 153 inches long and 68.5 inches wide and is lighter and more fuel-efficient than the ever-popular Prius.