When it comes to cars, hybrids are hot. High gas prices and plenty of press coverage have created the right conditions for an explosion in U.S. hybrid sales over the past year or so. Now, every automaker wants a piece of the near-molten market. But the very influx of new players may begin to have a cooling effect as the laws of supply and demand take over.
The coming year could test the depth and resiliency of the hybrid car market. Japanese automaker Nissan
Still, national origins or even economics appear to have little effect on the dynamics of the hybrid car market. The Toyota
In fact, the hybrid story seems to have a lot to do with novelty. For now, the Prius remains the symbol of that uniqueness and continues to capture the most buyers. By contrast, sales of Honda's
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Fool contributor Brian Gorman is a freelance writer in Chicago. He does not own shares of any companies mentioned in this article.