October 23, 2006

Natural-gas Honda Civic goes on sale in New York State

Torrance, California – American Honda Motor Co. Inc. has announced that the natural gas-powered 2007 Civic GX will go on sale at 19 dealers in New York State, marking the first time the vehicle is available for retail sale outside of California. The company says the Civic GX is the only dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car available to retail customers in the U.S.

The GX achieves an estimated fuel economy of 8.4 L/100 km in the city and 6.0 L/100 km on the highway, and sells for US$24,590. Currently, natural gas is approximately 30 per cent less expensive than gasoline when purchased at a station, and approximately 50 per cent cheaper when supplied through “Phill”, a natural gas home refuelling appliance. GX buyers are eligible for a federal tax credit of US$4,000 for the car, and US$1,000 for the purchase and installation of Phill.

With near-zero emissions, the GX was called the “cleanest internal combustion engine ever tested” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when introduced in 1998, and is the only vehicle certified by the EPA to meet both Tier 2 Bin 2 and Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) zero evaporative emissions certification standards. Powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, the GX produces 113 hp and 109 lb-ft of torque. The car is assembled in East Liberty, Ohio.

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