Ford owns Detroit where small is big

Hyrbids. Electrics. Smaller chases (plural of "chasis").

Hyrbids. Electrics. Smaller chases (plural of "chasis"). Even mighty Mercedes, known for their hefty luxury sedans, is talking fuel efficiency at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Ford won best car and best truck awards, chosen by journalists at the show. It was the Hybrid Fusion that took best car. Ford’s Transit Connect won best truck. It’s a fuel efficient commercial van.

Courtesy: Ford Motor. Ford will come out in 2011 with an all-electric Fusion. The Hybrid Fusion beat out finalists including Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf/GTI.

So far neither Ford's electric Fusion nor GM's electric Volt, which launches late this year, have been given an official sticker price.

Not satisfied with its Prius's market share in America, Toyota is bringing its smaller FT-CH to the U.S. It will be a cheaper hybrid than Prius. Honda, meanwhile, showed off what it says is the first affordable sports coupe hybrid, the CR-Z. It’ll hit U.S. showrooms before autumn.

If you'd like to follow the CNET coverage of Detroit 2010, click here. They have a fine gallery of the newly debuted models.

Toyota FT-CH. Photo: CNET.