Ford and Toyota today announced a surprise agreement to co-develop a hybrid powertrain for rear-wheel-drive light trucks and SUVs in an effort to share development costs.
The collaboration means that there will be far more people than just Prius drivers who can boast the superior mileage of hybrids. Now people more concerned with horsepower and towing torque will be introduced to a technology once pigeonholed as way to show off drivers' environmental bona fides. Common sense, it seems, has finally found its way to SUV and truck makers.
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