Green Car Updates from Detroit Auto Show

Chevrolet’s plug-in electric car–the Volt–was named North American Car of the Year on Monday at the Detroit auto show. The vehicle was already named the Green Car of the Year in November.

Runner’s up for both awards included Nissan’s all-electric Leaf, and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Toyota Shows Off New Hybrids

Toyota (NYSE: TM) unveiled new additions to its popular Prius hybrid line, including the Prius V wagon that features more cargo space. The vehicle is expected to go on sale this summer.

The company also showed off the Prius C Concept, which is being marketed as a city-friendly vehicle, with a "fun" design for singles or couples. Toyota said it will have the highest fuel economy of any of the Prius vehicles, suprassing the combined 50 mpg rating of the conventional model. The vehicle is expected to hit showrooms in the second half of 2012. 

Subaru Hybrid Coming in 2013

Fuji Heavy Industries Subaru brand announced it will introduce a hybrid model to the U.S. market in 2013. The company is expected to launch a hybrid model in other markets next year. 

Subaru is one of the fastest-growing brands in the United States. It has nearly doubled its market share to 2.3% over the last three years, according to Reuters.

Ford Unveils Electric Focus

Ford (NYSE: F) officially unveiled the electric version of its Focus vehicle. The range and performance of the vehicle is said to be similar to Nissan’s Leaf. It can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge and can be recharged in 3-4 hours on a 240V socket. 

The company says it will introduce an app for iPhones and Droid phones that will allow owners to remotely monitor the charging of their vehicles.

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