World's cheapest car to go hybrid

Indian carmaker Tata, which rolled out its $2,200/51.7 mpg vehicle in July, said it plans to create a hybrid version of the vehicle in the near future, according to Reuters.
Naturally, the Hybrid Owners of America are excited about the notion, wondering if a sub-$10,000 hybrid is a possibility for U.S. markets anytime soon. Something that improves on 51.7 mpg would be pretty amazing, too.
A basic Toyota Prius starts at around $21,000 and represents the low end of new hybrids, although the Chronicle’s car buying site has a 2001 Toyota Prius listed for $4,995.