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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?


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Honda Debuts Sleek and Sophisticated Concepts for All-New 2012 Civic Si Coupe and Civic Sedan Models


New Civic goes on sale spring 2011

DETROIT, Jan. 10, 2011 – The Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan are making world debuts at the North American International Auto Show today, providing the first official glimpse at the styling direction of the all-new, ninth-generation 2012 model set to go on sale this spring, the company announced.

"The Civic is known for providing a balance of 'just-right' packaging, fun-to-drive character and outstanding fuel economy, at a price that even first-time buyers can afford," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "The redesigned Civic builds on this legacy and promises to be the best Civic yet."

The 2012 Civic embraces the company's vision as a "Civic for all people," a phrase originally expressed in defining the goal of the first-generation Civic. With the widest array of engine choices available in its class, the 2012 Civic lineup intends to meet the needs of an increasing group of compact-vehicle buyers with a renewed vision of a "Civic for all people." The diverse vehicle range includes a sedan and a coupe with conventional gasoline models, two sporty "Si" performance versions, along with one hybrid and a natural gas alternative-fuel variant. Collectively the depth of the Civic line offers a compelling balance between fuel economy, low emissions and fun-to-drive performance unlike any other vehicle in the industry.

As a new interpretation of the current Civic's iconic "one-motion" mono-form shape, the upcoming, ninth-generation Civic conveys a more substantial, high-energy appearance. The exterior styling of both Civic concept models showcases the sedan's and coupe's clean-yet-powerful lines with steeply raked windshields, wide stances and pronounced character lines along the profile. The lower character line on both models broadens toward the rear fenders to enhance the dynamic feeling of forward energy. The front fender surface treatments form a complex, three-dimensional look to further enhance the image of sophistication and structural depth against the deeply set headlights.

The Civic Concept sedan takes on a sophisticated presence with a front grille defined by crisp lines and a solid bar that integrates a chrome Honda emblem. The look of the Civic Si Concept coupe conveys an aggressive demeanor with a more angular front fascia, mesh grille and a tapered rear roofline that flows smoothly into the trunk. The Civic Si Concept coupe is exclusively equipped with a rear air diffuser, a center-mounted exhaust outlet and a rear deck lid spoiler with dual vents. Each concept model has 19-inch machined alloy wheels.

Powertrain Technology

The Civic's family of engines with "intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC®) technology become even more fuel efficient for 2012. The upcoming Civic Hybrid offers the latest generation of the compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist™ (IMA™) gasoline-electric hybrid system and features the first application of a lithium-ion battery in a Honda hybrid.

Building on its emphasis on fuel-economy, most upcoming Civic models receive Honda Eco Assist™ technology, already available in the CR-Z and Insight hybrids. The 2012 Civic is the first U.S. Honda model to employ Eco Assist technology in a gasoline-only powered vehicle. Eco Assist is just one example of how the new Civic can be customized and configured by the drivers to suit individual preferences.

Additionally, Honda is expanding retail sales of the natural gas-powered Civic GX model, which is the only OEM-built, dedicated CNG passenger car assembled in America. The increased availability of the Civic GX helps bring inherently clean-burning natural gas technology to an even broader audience while also supporting diversity in transportation energy resources.

Safety

The 2012 Civic continues to emphasize safety and is anticipated to score well in both the federal government's New Car Assessment Programi (NCAP) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safetyii (IIHS) vehicle evaluations. The 2001 Honda Civic Coupe was one of the first two passenger cars ever to earn the federal government's top 5-star crash safety ratingiii for the driver and front- and rear-seat passengers in both frontal and side-impact crash tests.

All 2012 Civics are equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) as standard equipment. Additionally, the ninth-generation Civic continues to provide Honda's exclusive and innovative Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure for frontal collision energy management.

Accolades and Manufacturing

As a top-selling model for Honda, the current, eighth-generation Civic has sold more than 1.5 million units since the 2006 model went on sale in late 2005. The 2006 Civic earned both the prestigious Motor Trend "Car of the Year" and the North American Car of the Year awards.

The current-generation Civic continues to be a significant entry-point to the Honda brand for younger buyers, introducing on average more than 90,000 new-car customers under the age of 35 to the brand every year. More than 95 percent of all Civics sold in the U.S. as of calendar-year 2010 were madeiv in North America at manufacturing facilities in either Greensburg, Indiana or Alliston, Ontario in Canada.


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      • 6 Months Ago
      I agree that the GX will probably only make sense for fleets, due to the scarcity of refueling options. Too bad, though.

      The biggest news for the green scene is the better fuel economy all around, the addition of eco-assist on gas-only models, and the lithium-ion batteries for the hybrid.

      Ford's talking about brake regeneration on gas-only models, let's hope Honda does this also.

      By picking this "low-hanging fruit" we'll save the most fuel.
      • 6 Months Ago
      The blog provides helpful information regarding the topic and it also gives a vast knowledge as well which helps us in our studies and in practical life.
      Tom Milam
      • 6 Months Ago
      We pay .75 to 1.39 in Oklahoma City for natural gas. The car runs well. The oil stays so clean, that it is hard to determine the levael of oil on the dipstick. Great technology. Chesapeake Energy Corporation is one of the leaders in using CNG for cars. The fuel of the future for us.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Bad idea. We don't need to create more demand for natural gas which is now being fracked out of shale deposits and polluting our ground water. Electric is the only solution which takes the reliance on oil companies out of the equation and allows you produce your own fuel.
        • 6 Months Ago
        But in Canada, and the US where a lot of our exported oil goes, the natural gas needed to simply refine tar sand into gasoline is enough to power a CNG vehicle to go just as far as that gasoline. So no, by buying a CNG vehicle you are not increasing demand for natural gas, you are instead decreasing demand for Alberta tar sand. I agree that electric is the only viable long term solution but the advantage of natural gas is that a large number of existing vehicles could be converted over quickly.
      Tom Milam
      • 6 Months Ago
      We own a 2009 Honda GX Natural Gas Car. It is outstanding. We have a 2012 on order. I would rather spend my money on US supplied natural gas than send it to our enemies.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Higher oil prices will mean that the US will not only turn to electric, but also gas.
      In many countries every petrol station also has a pump for gas or provides LPG.
      It is remarkable that the US has not in spite of having a large supply of gas.
      The good news is that Fiat is a leader, producing large numbers at comparable prices to petrol cars, and this expertise and perhaps models will be available to Crystler.

      The hazards of gas extraction to drinking water can be exaggerated, providing that procedures are adhered to. That does not excuse the likes of Haliburton refuing to disclose what chemicals it uses, or preclude releases when proper procedures are not followed.

      A bigger obstacle to the widespread adoption of gas may be that supplies are not perhaps as great as some think.
      The supposed 100 year supply often quoted is not only hardly accurate, but presumes use at current levels, when use in electricity production is increasing and use would go up still more if many cars ran on it.
      Shale gas wells produce at only a fraction of their peak rates within 2 years, so more must continually be drilled.

      The best use of limited natural gas in my view would be in fleets, especially heavy vehicles to which electric is unsuited, and where a few pumps could provide the gas for the fleet in local deliveries etc.
      That does not mean that this optimal use is what will happen though, and I can see a large number of cars being built to run on gas, and a large numver of conversions as petrol goes over $4/gallon on a permanent basis.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Selling my 2009 Honda Civic GX Silver, 44k miles, new tires, prestine condition! in San Jose, CA. Registration good for a year! Call me: Mary - 408-655-9625 ($25k).
      • 6 Months Ago
      The most stupid thing is to sold or buy a natural-gas only ice car like this honda instead of an equivalent in price bi-fuel natural-gas + gasoline car .
      • 6 Months Ago
      If someone made a sportier version of ANY CNG vehicle, it would sell like hotcakes. I'd rather sit in traffic in an old Miata than drive my CNG Civic.
      • 6 Months Ago
      The $4,500 premium is not the problem. Results of engine tests on NG vehicles show that wear and tear is almost nil. These engines will run forever because there are no combustion deposits. What's more, NG fuel is almost as cheap per mile as electricity. And, the bonus is that you can fill up at home. The trouble is the fueling station. Phil was not available to purchase unless you bought the NG car from Honda, only available in certain states, and they were asking over $10,000 for it! Ridiculous ... a home SCUBA compressor only costs $400. Compressing a gas is not rocket science. Someone needs to develop and sell a home compressor that makes sense.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Availability of public refueling stations continues to be the primary deterrent to more widespread use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. Fleet use continues to increase - the city of Dallas is converting its bus fleet to NG, with up to 450 to be in the contract, the largest purchase in the country. Surely Honda recognizes this drawback, but the company has yet to make any visible push to increase fuel availability, and converting existing vehicles is stifled by the EPA's regulatory and certification burdens.

      State support for more stations, such as in Oklahoma and Utah, offers the best chance to improve vehicle sales, but only a few thousand GX models added each year is not much incentive for oil companies to add pumps to existing stations. Since the federal government subsidizes electrics so heavily, why not provide a commensurate subsidy for natural gas pumps and home fueling stations? The latter could be a big selling point for NG cars, but when the building code and fire prevention authorities get into the act, the home station price goes way up - into the thousands. At this point, NG-fueled vehicles and electrics don't make economic sense.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Since the Phill home fueling station was bought out and effectively disappeared, is there any other product that allows owners to fill up with natural gas at home? Can the CNG market survive without such product?
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