A lot can happen in a decade in the world of sports, politics, art, technology and life in general.

The same can also be said about the auto industry. Aside from the Volvo XC90, every surviving model has gone through at least one complete generation and some are on their third. With that in mind let's take a look at five models over the past decade that have had the greatest impact on the industry through their design or technology.

2004 Toyota Prius

It wasn't the first hybrid, it wasn't even the first Prius but the second generation Prius was the one that put hybrids on the map and eventually made nearly every automaker produce their own. Even the German brands. The second generation Prius didn't make hybrids cool but it made them mainstream relevant and everyone jumped in to catchup. Even the latest million dollar halo cars from Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche are all hybrids.

Are there other cars from the past decade that you find more influential?

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Most Influential Cars of the Past Decade

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