• Oct 20, 2006


American Honda officially put the new Civic GX on sale in New York State this Thursday. With the CNG-powered ride available at five Long Strong Island dealerships and fourteen more scattered about the state, green-conscious New Yorkers become the first people outside of Cali able to put a GX in the driveway. Incentives abound for the $24,590 car, with the Feds ponying up a hefty $4,000 tax credit on the car, plus another grand in credits when purchasers install Phill, the home refueling station that's fed by your home's existing gas lines. Or, as I like to call it, The Most Convenient Thing Ever.

Plenty more in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Honda]


PRESS RELEASE:
Honda Announces Natural Gas-Powered Civic GX on Sale At Retail Dealers in New York State

Owners can benefit from tax incentives, more than 50 percent lower fuel costs with optional 'Phill' home refueling appliance

Torrance, Calif. 10/19/2006 --

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today announced the availability of the 2007 Honda Civic GX for the New York State market. The Civic GX will be on sale at five Honda dealers on Long Island and fourteen additional dealers throughout the state, marking the first time the Civic GX is available for retail sale outside of California. The Civic GX is the only dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car available to retail customers in the United States.

The 2007 Civic GX, which achieves an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy of 28/39 miles per gasoline-gallon equivalent, carries an MSRP of $24,590. Currently natural gas is approximately 30 percent less expensive than gasoline when purchased at a refueling station, and approximately 50 percent cheaper than gasoline when supplied by a 'Phill', the convenient natural gas home refueling appliance.

2007 Civic GX buyers are eligible for a Federal tax credit of $4,000 for the car and an additional $1,000 in tax credits for the purchase and installation of 'Phill'. Both GX and Phill benefit from the federal tax credits enacted January 1, 2006, for clean alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure. Natural gas fuel use as an alternative to petroleum can help promote air quality goals and is a lower-cost alternative to gasoline. Primarily a domestically produced fuel, its price has historically tracked below that of petroleum fuels.

With near-zero emissions, the GX was proclaimed the "Cleanest internal combustion engine ever tested" by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when introduced in 1998, and today is the only vehicle certified by EPA to meet both Federal Tier 2-Bin2 and Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) zero evaporative emissions certification standards. GX meets these strict emission standards, as natural gas is inherently a clean burning fuel.

Equipped standard with a 5-speed automatic transmission, the 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine delivers 113 horsepower and 109 ft-lbs of torque, both an increase of more than 10 percent versus the previous generation. The Civic GX offers the same standard safety features that have earned Civic the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's "Top Safety Pick - Gold" Award. Standard safety features include dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, driver's side impact airbag, front passenger's side impact airbag, ABS and Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body structure TM (ACE TM).

Phill - the home refueling appliance manufactured by FuelMaker Corporation, provides Civic GX owners a convenient and affordable method of refueling at home. Phill can be mounted to a garage wall, either indoors or outdoors, and allows the GX to refuel overnight directly from a homeowner's existing natural gas supply line.

The natural gas-powered Civic GX is part of Honda's energy strategy to offer the best available technology for the reduction of air pollution and petroleum dependence and serves as an enabling technology for hydrogen fuel cell cars in the future. The 2007 Civic GX will be assembled in East Liberty, Ohio. Destination and handling charges for all 2007 Honda vehicles are $595.

For more information or downloadable high-resolution images of the hybrid models and other Honda vehicles, please visit www.hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at www.hondacars.com. Additional resources for items mentioned in this release include www.fuelmaker.com


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      • 8 Years Ago
      No, thanks -- you keep the car and its problems.

      This is a great way to excite the enviro-junkies but in the long run will just fade away into history.

      I will will wait for the diesels to arrive and can't wait for the BlueTech cars to hit the shores in 07/08.

      All American companies have to do is hook up with Cummings. They are already working on diesel/hybrids. The may look like they are late to the party only because Toyota and Honda have some make-believe enviro-concerns. They know that green sells just like in October the pink ribbon campaign brings on sales but otherwise they could car less and diesel is most likely to be the future. You guys can keep all the feel good cars.
      Greg A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12 "How are people in new york city going to use this. I've never seen a cng station and you sure as hell not gonna have anywhere to install that phil thing."

      Hey, there ARE houses, and not just apartment buildings, in New York City. And a lot of those houses have driveways and even garages! If you had written "Manhattan" instead of "new york city," then you'd have a point. But the percentage of Manhattan residents who own a car of any kind is low, anyway.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That would be hella cool to be able to refuel your car at home and not have to go to a gas station... now all Honda needs to do is figure out a way to power a fuel cell with natural gas. Go Honda go!

      It's products like these that makes you really wonder if there is a grand conspiracy with automakers and oil companies in the U.S. to hamper and stall alternative vehicles as much as possible.

      Conspiracy theorists and debunkers, you may begin...
      Paul
      • 8 Years Ago
      its just common sense
      american products=junk
      asian products=value
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, good for you Honda. Another technology breakthrough from an industry leader.

      Stoneman
      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      'I like to call it, The Most Convenient Thing Ever.'

      I like to call your statement a commercial because this car is NOT convenient for these reasons:

      - You're basically buying a $30k car with a leash of about 300-400 miles.
      - This car is expensive! $25k minus tax credits and $1k credit for the 'Phill' but I notice we don't have a price on that in the press release.
      And Honda already over-services their customers cars to death like every dealer! I have never allowed a dealership to touch my SUV and yet it runs perfect by changing brakes, filters and fluids and has 100k on it. This car will be the ultimate money pit for Honda's benefit. You bring it in and they'll take good care of it alright! Cha-ching!!
      - Good luck trading or selling this if this market goes 'belly up'. And do you trade the "Phill" too.

      This car will be sold to people have nothing else to do with their money and aren't really thinking about how marginally-challenged this car really is.

      Convenient?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great idea but the car will only be bought by the rabid few. First, filling stations is limited (unless you pony up the money for PHILL). Second, car can only be serviced at specific Honda dealerships geared to maintain this car. You just can't take it to ANY Honda dealership. Third, you can't take the car on long trips. You are forced to only drive within a certain range.

      But, Honda does show it's no slacker when it comes to different types of engines. My predicition is that Honda will be the king of diesel in 5 years and will take out Toyota's hybrid
      • 8 Years Ago
      Even though the car may not be that cool, I like this idea.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Filling up at home would be great, but when I read on Honda's site, "Refueling the GX may take up to 12 hours if the tank is virtually empty," that gave me pause. Add that to the relative scarcity of outside fueling stations (where Honda says it can be filled in "mere minutes") and you have a vehicle that is only going to be practical for a select few owners.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #7, FYI . . . #2 was using something called sarcastic humor.

      Look it up.

      In California, there are lots of GX cars, as well as CNG F-150s and Crown Victorias. California CNG enjoy the same HOV lane advantage that Hybrids get and natural gas refueling stations are more prevalent than ethanol or biodiesel stations. And yes, all CNG vehicles have tax breaks available, not just the Civic GX.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How are people in new york city going to use this. I've never seen a cng station and you sure as hell not gonna have anywhere to install that phil thing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would hardly call a Civic or Corolla value...unless you have no future and that's all you can afford.

      I like this Honda effort. Hope there's more to come from this than there was with past eco-friendly projects that weren't the Prius.
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