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Parade of hybrids zips through Detroit

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The common theme out of the North American Autoshow in Detroit can be boiled down to one word: Hybrid.

The common theme out of the North American Autoshow in Detroit can be boiled down to one word: Hybrid.

More hybrid gas-electric vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles, battery-powered cars and even a little hydrogen has been thrown into the fleet mix of the future.

To wit:

Add it up and you can see the day where all cars will be hybrid or at least feature some sort of electric or alternative power riding shotgun.

How can the mileage per gallon of the U.S. fleet not go up?

The big rush to hybrid and green vehicles could wind up being timely. Oil prices are moving higher. And oil, which is priced in U.S. dollars, is weak. Unless you think the U.S. is suddenly going to go to a strong dollar policy, pay off its debts or gain in strength relative to other currencies it's likely that oil will just become more expensive.

An oil spike through 2011 and 2012 may just stoke demand. For once the automakers may just find some good timing with their product cycles.

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