• Sep 16th 2010 at 11:32AM
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The natural gas-burning Honda Civic GX has been around since 1998, and even though the Environmental Protection Agency anointed it the cleanest internal combustion vehicle in history, sales have been less than brisk.
There are quite a few reasons the Civic doesn't sell in high volume, including a hefty $25,000 price tag and the $4,600 required to install a home refueling station. But according to our comrades over at Translogic, that won't stop the Japanese automaker from offering up a new GX for the 2012 model year.

The new GX will still likely cost quite a bit more than the standard Civic and it will still need a pricey home charging unit, but improvements will also be made. For example, Honda spokesperson Jessica Fini tells Translogic that consumer feedback complaining about the levels of available equipment on the last GX prompted the automaker to offer more "desirable options like a navigation system and upgraded stereo."

We're happy to hear that the GX will live on in 2012 and beyond. After all, it's tough not to love an environmentally friendly Civic that can deliver about 30 miles per gallon at fuel prices that can be one third the price of regular gasoline. We'll be looking out for details on the 2012 GX, along with the entire Civic lineup in the months ahead.

[Source: Aol Autos]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      You know what guys, i think CNG is a better alternative than hydrogen in the long run. Anybody agree?? Because it's easier to produce, safer to store, and easier to find a station that offers it anybody agree??
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is still about a 10-15 year payback compared to a standard civic. Better off just getting a Prius, that way you at least get the "image" points.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you forgot to add the replacement battery money into the cost of owning a Prius.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This move reminds me of GM pushing ethanol on the people. Honda is doing the same, natural gas cars have no prospects in USA at this point. No one wants them. So why not take all that money that you are spending on this car for R&D and use it for CR-Z and Insight, because i am sure that if CR-Z and Insight gave people few more MPGs they would not have been as big flops as they are now.
      Daniel Child
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a 99 GX and I love it and am happy to hear that it will live on. To me it continues to show that CNG can truly work as a viable alternate to gasoline.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler had Natural gas powered vehicles since the late 1980's..and Propane powered in the early 1980's...

      We had a business 1991 Dodge full size van with nat.gas and it passed the emissions testing every few years with flying colors...even when the van had 523,000 on the original 5.9 L V-8 engine !! It ran cleaner than my girl friends at the time 2 year old 2003 Honda Civic !!

      • 4 Years Ago
      Natural gas isn't particularly environmentally friendly. You're still burning fossil fuels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True, but better than regular gas, apparently. From the article liked above:

        "Natural gas cars produce at least 20 percent less greenhouse gas per mile than regular cars, according to a California study."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like I read that the people in Utah were having trouble getting these, at least they were in 2008:


      "In fact, some unique factors apply in Utah. Natural gas prices at the pump here are controlled and are the cheapest in the country, while the price of conventional gasoline is one of the highest. Questar Gas, the public utility, has compressed-gas pumps around the state open to the public, a fueling infrastructure that few states can match."
      • 4 Years Ago
      1) In many jurisdictions taxes applied to commercial gasoline, diesel, natural gas, propane and other road fuels add 50-75 percent to the cost. Far as I know, no jurisdiction requires home fueling station natural gas to be metered and road taxes remitted.

      2) Natural and propane gas vehicles have extremely limited range. They can't carry enough fuel to go very far. You don't want to stray away from your home fueling station or to an area where it is not publicly available.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While you are correct in that natural gas vehicles still have limited ranges similar to thier gas counterparts they still need to fill up at special stations when traveling and those stations aren't always at the 3400 psi needed for a full tank. But you can travel mostly all over california pretty well except I5 and northern 101 with natural gas so long as you have a map of where the stations are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is no need for Home stations. unless you live in an area without CNG refueling stations.

      The kicker to this, is that we have CNG refuling stations in Mass, but Honda so far has refused to sell the GX.

      Here's hoping Honda will actually listen and deliver to is customers
      • 4 Years Ago
      spin cycle,

      There is nothing wrong with fosil fuels !! Stop believing the far left propaganda !!!

      Windmills,are not environmentally friendly,you will have to clear cut ALL of North America ,and you still wont have reliable power to power your home/office...

      Electric cars are not environmentally friendly,in Asia they are destroying the land (pristine rice fields ect)to dig up ion for the batteries...

      In Canada they drill for oil and they leave the land pristine,before the drilling oil seeped through the ground and naturally destroyed the environment !!!!!

      Sorry ,I dont want to live like the year 1300 !! I love burning rubber in my high powered truck(dont need one bought one just for the greenies,actually 2 my wife now has one )

      If you are so concerned over nothing, turn your computer off your destroying the environment..wasting electricity,dont drink the water,dont eat any veggies (destroys the environment) save it for your children !!!!

      Even Nancy Pelosi says they want to get off foreign oil....BUT... she said she doesnt consider Canadian oil foreign !! Meaning the U.S is using and making new pipe ways to ship crude oil from Canada to the States !!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wanted to buy one of these cars last year, but you can't get them in Texas. We have more than enough CNG down here, but nobody would sell me a Civic GX.
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