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Hybrids Are the 'Past' Already?

Mark Phelan tests three different fuel efficiency technologies and concludes that hybrids are the past. Pictured are first Chrysler 300s to come off of European assembly line. Diesel is offered as an option in Europe on this model, but not in North America.

Published: 21-Aug-2006

I tested the past, present and future of alternative-fuel and high efficiency performance as I cruised Woodward Avenue this week.

The past won, but the future is coming fast.

For four days, I drove a Chrysler 300 large sedan powered by a diesel engine, a gasoline-electric hybrid Saturn Vue compact SUV and a hydrogen-powered Ford Focus FCV fuel-cell compact sedan around metro Detroit, including hours in stop-and-go pre-Dream Cruise traffic.

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