Detroit’s Green Leap Forward Pulls In to New York Auto Show

Daily Beastby Daniel Gross, Daily Beast, March 29 2013

Can efficiency drive U.S. automakers back to the top? Watch out, Prius. A look at the Big Three’s impressive lineup of new fuel-sipping models shows the innovations pushing the comeback.

On the dashboard of the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, there’s a screen that shows a vine with a bunch of leaves on it. Punch the accelerator too aggressively, or slam on the brakes too rapidly, and the leaves began to fall off‚Äîan almost poetic admonition that you’re not driving in a very ecological manner.

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