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Mercedes-Benz concept BlueZero Plus - Click above for high-res image gallery

Mercedes-Benz concept BlueZero - Click above for high-res image gallery

In my first column reality checking the Detroit Auto Show, some of you questioned my assertion that even Toyota's relatively high-volume hybrids are probably not profitable. Of course, Toyota has lowered the costs of its Hybrid Synergy Drive components over many years and hundreds of thousands of units. But I believe they're still too high for any Toyota Hybrid - even the Prius or the soon-to-come higher-priced Lexus HS 250h - to turn a profit.

Click above for a gallery of the Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZero E-Cell

Click above for a gallery of the Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZero E-Cell