Hyundai has made about 2,800 compact hybrid cars since 2004, but they haven't been available to the public, only to government agencies in South-Korea. This is about to change: The company has announced that they will begin mass production of hybrids in 2009, starting with their Avante model (known as the Elantra in North-America).
Not too many details are known yet. Apparently, the Elantra hybrid will be powered by LPG at first, and a gasoline version will follow. No word on what kind of hybrid technology, or whether it will be plug-in. Hyundai also plans to "produce a small fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles from 2012." We will keep an eye on this story and update you when we find out more about Hyundai's hybrid-car plans. ::Hyundai Press Release, ::Hyundai says it will mass produce hybrid in 2009, ::Hyundai Unveils New 2006 Accent Hybrid