Honda will offer the Civic GX, the Japanese manufacturer’s natural-gas-powered car, in the United States to retail delears beginning in the fall of 2011, according to a report in Japan’s business-oriented newspaper, Nikkei.
The Civic GX is available nationwide to fleet sales, but it’s available for retail sales only in California, New York, Utah, Nevada and Oklahoma.
The Civic GX has been rated first in the “Greenest Vehicle of the Year” list presented American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy for the past eight years.
Natural-gas-propelled cars are viewed as greener than all-electric vehicles, which charge their batteries using electricity often generated by fossil fuel-fired power plants.
The Civic GX debuted in 1998 as a factory-modified Civic LX that had been designed to run exclusively on CNG (compressed natural gas). In 2001, the Civic GX was rated the cleanest-burning internal combustion engine in the world by the EPA.
The 8th generation Civic remains unchanged from 2006 and is also available in the GX model.
Here’s a link the specifications of the Honda GX from the manufacturer’s official web site.
Article Last Updated: May 6, 2011.
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