5. Nissan Altima Hybrid
Nissan Altima Hybrid is the first make of Nissan with hybrid technology embedded in it. It was first introduced in 2007 as a 4 door sedan vehicle. This vehicle can be said as the continuation of the Bluebird make of Nissan. The hybrid model is said to be available in only 10 states of the US. One thing about Nissan Altima which makes it so much popular is that it is being used as the taxi and as a cop car with the New York City Police.
4. Honda Insight
The first version of Honda Insight (1st generation) was a 2 door hatch back model. It is the first vehicle that was introduced with the Honda’s IMA, an acronym for Integrated Motor Assist, system. The 1st gen was produced from 1999 to 2006. The 2nd gen was introduced in the start of 2006 in Japan. Later after a month or two, this car was available in USA as well. The 2nd gen Honda Insight was a 5-door hatchback car. It was the top selling car in Japan for the month of April 2009. The 2nd generation Honda Insight has sold 143 hundred thousand units across the globe.
3. Honda Civic Hybrid
The Honda Civic Hybrid is the hybrid make of already present and very famous make of Honda by the name of Civic. Honda Civic Hybrid was first made in Japan around 2002. It is only available as sedan but it is told that the Europe version with a hatch back will be available in 2012. It is the first hybrid vehicle to be certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero- Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) from California’s Air Resources Board. It was introduced in the USA in 2002 Spring and now ranks as the second best selling electric hybrid car. The global sales exceed a quarter of a million.
2. Ford Fusion Hybrid
The Ford Fusion Hybrid, like Honda’s Civic Hybrid, is the hybrid version of an existing model of Ford, the Ford Fusion. Both the cars are sedan cars, developed by the Ford Motor Company. The Ford Fusion Hybrid was launched in the United States of America in March 2009. This unit is being manufactured in Mexico at Ford’s Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly plant. Ford Fusion Hybrid has won the “North American Car of the Year” award in January 2010.
1. Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius is a compact sedan car. The 4 door vehicle is rated as the cleanest vehicle by CARB (California Air Resource Board) sold in United States of America based on smog forming and toxic emissions. Prius started to sell in Japan in 1997 and later in 2001 was introduced worldwide. Prius is sold in access of 70 countries. In September 2010, 2 million units were sold already and more to come.