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Honda Starts Production of Natural Gas-Powered Civic GX

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Honda has started production of the environmentally responsible, natural gas-powered Civic GX, at its plant in Greensburg, Indiana.

The Civic GX has received top environmental awards including the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy's "America's Greenest Car" award for five consecutive years.

The Civic GX is the only natural gas vehicle built by a major automaker in the
U.S. First introduced in 1998, the Civic GX is the cleanest internal combustion vehicle certified by the EPA – 90% cleaner than the average gasoline-powered car on the road today.

As a result, the GX is certified by the EPA as an Inherently Low Emissions Vehicle (ILEV). It is the only natural gas powered passenger car available for sale in all 50 states, and is eligible for a $4,000 federal tax credit as a qualified alternative fuel vehicle.
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The Honda Civic GX natural gas car earned the title of the greenest vehicle for the sixth consecutive
year. This is the ninth year in a row that a Honda vehicle received the number one ranking.

It is powered by a 113-hp, 1.8-Liter, 16-valve, SOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine built at Honda's engine plant in Anna, Ohio, and it is designed with a higher compression ratio to maximize performance from natural gas fuel.  The Civic GX was formerly produced at Honda's East Liberty, Ohio plant and has ten years of proven performance as a natural gas powered vehicle.  It has an average range of more than 220 miles, and has outstanding fuel economy at 24 MPG (city) and 36 MPG (highway).

Honda Manufacturing of
Indiana began Civic GX production just seven months after starting mass production of the fuel-efficient, 4-cylinder Honda Civic sedan at its new plant in Greensburg, Indiana. The $550 million plant currently employs approximately 1,000 associates and is designed as a zero waste-to-landfill facility.

Honda has a long history of environmental leadership, including the introduction of America's first mass-produced hybrid, the Honda Insight, and the first vehicle to meet California's low emission vehicle standards well in advance of regulatory requirements as well as the first government-certified fuel cell electric vehicle.

Honda is celebrating its 50th anniversary in
America.  It began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas subsidiary. Honda started U.S. production in Ohio in 1979, and began U.S. automobile production in 1982 at its Marysville, Ohio, auto plant.

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