Yesterday, Honda displayed concept versions of the ninth-generation Civic Coupe and Sedan at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The automaker promises that both versions of its compact Civic will, in production form, feature mild exterior changes, vastly updated interiors and improved fuel economy. The 2012 Civic is slated to hit the market late this year and after its launch, Honda will release the CNG-fueled GX version nationwide.
Currently, the Honda Civic GX is sold in just four U.S. states: California, New York, Utah and Oklahoma. The CNG-fueled Civic burst onto the automotive scene back in 1998, but with a bump in cost of $4,500 over the conventional gasoline LX model, demand for that GX version was relatively low. However, the Civic GX has been ranked the greenest vehicle in the land by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) multiple times and sales of the CNG-burner have steadily crept up, reaching nearly 2,000 units in 2009. With the natural gas GX model finally set for a nationwide launch, how much do you think we can expect to see sales climb over the next few years?