After the Detroit Auto Show closed yesterday, we stuck around and captured the first shots of the freshly unveiled 2010 Toyota Prius with the 2010 Honda Insight; also, a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid was there.

This was probably a carefully assembled scene destined for fancy lighting and a once-over by high-dollar photographers for some glossy print mag. Instead, we drove up in our GEM car and took these first-ever photos of the 2010 Honda Insight with its direct rival, the 2010 Toyota Prius. The two hybrid headliners from Japan made their official debuts here at the 2009 Detroit Auto show and will be duking it out for self-satisfied sales later this year.

The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid was also there, which is funny because it was previously been spottedposing with the Cadillac Converj, another car in no way associated with the Fusion's segment of "non-jellybean-shaped sedan with great gas mileage." The Fusion Hybrid is a great car on its own merits but folks are tossing it into shoots, making it look like Chester the Terrier. 'Hey guys! What's up, fellas? Want to play hypermiling?'