The following video is from this week's MarketFoolery podcast, in which host Chris Hill, along with Jeff Fischer, Bryan Hinmon, and Joe Magyer, discuss the latest business news. In the wake of a study conducted by The Los Angeles Times on the relative cost benefits of owning a hybrid car, the guys analyze the future of the auto industry. If hybrids remain a niche category, how much should companies like Ford invest in them? For investors seeking to benefit, should they be looking at automaker stocks or the likes of companies such as Westport Innovations?

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