The Toyota Prius becomes the first mass-marketed hybrid car when it is released in Japan.

Honda follows with its Insight in 1999. The hybrid car uses two or more power sources, usually an internal combustion engine with an electric motor.

3M makes gift-wrapping easier with its Scotch® Pop-Up Tape Strips and Dispensers.

The wrist units dispense pre-measured, two-inch strips of tape so that both hands are free for wrapping.