NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Automotive companies throughout the world are changing due to the evolving trend toward sustainability. Whereas a gas guzzler was once commonplace, hybrid cars are taking over the road. Companies like Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY) and Toyota (TM) are monopolizing the market with hybrid and electric vehicles. There is large competition brewing between automobile companies to create fuel efficient cars that are less expensive than their competitors. As these cars are made en masse, the profit margins are fetching huge returns for the producers. These vehicles are in huge demand currently. In fact, this May's U.S. sales of hybrids, battery-electric, plug-in hybrid and diesel vehicles jumped 30% from May 2012 numbers to more than 60,000. This effect is pushing automobile company stock prices even higher.
- Ford Motor Co. (F)- 52 week low of 9.23 and a current price of 16.98
- General Motors Co. (GM)-52 week low of 19.98 and a current price of 35.76
- Nissan Motor Co. Ltd (NSANY)- 52 week low of 16.44 and a current price of 21.57
- Toyota Motor Corp. (TM)- 52 week low of 74.27 and a current price of 127.58