• Oct 13th 2011 at 4:15PM
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Let the natural gas revolution begin.

Tuesday marked the start of mass production of the 2012 Civic Natural Gas at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN). HMIN will rapidly ramp-up output of the Civic Natural Gas to meet anticipated demand for the clean-burning compact.

As part of the ramp-up, HMIN has hired nearly 1,000 additional workers and will add a second shift on October 24 to double the facility's annual production capacity. Honda says the added production will be required to support the automaker's growing network of natural gas-certified dealers throughout the U.S. The number of qualified dealers will soon climb from 72 in four states to nearly 200 in 36 states.

The 2012 Civic Natural Gas is powered by the cleanest internal combustion engine ever certified by the EPA and is the only OEM-manufactured natural gas passenger vehicle available in America. The fully redesigned Civic Natural Gas will hit dealerships October 18 with an MSRP starting at $26,155.
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Honda Manufacturing of Indiana Starts Production of All-new 2012 Civic Natural Gas Model

Greensburg plant to increase production of the natural gas-powered Civic

Preparations underway for the start of two-shift operations


10/11/2011 - GREENSBURG, IN.

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) today marked the start of mass production of the all-new 2012 Civic Natural Gas as it moves to increase production of the alternative-fuel Civic to support an expanding network of certified Civic Natural Gas dealers across the U.S. Engines for the Civic Natural Gas will continue to be supplied by Honda's engine plant in Anna, Ohio.

HMIN will ramp-up production of the Civic Natural Gas (formerly the Civic GX) during the 2012 model year to meet anticipated increasing demand for alternative-fuel vehicles. The added production will support Honda's growing network of U.S. Honda dealers qualified to provide retail sales and service support for the Civic Natural Gas, expanding from 72 Honda dealers in four states to nearly 200 dealers in 36 states, including one new Honda dealer in Indiana.

The 2012 Civic Natural Gas is powered by the cleanest internal combustion engine ever certified by the U.S. EPA and is the only OEM-made natural gas vehicle available for retail purchase in America. It is part of Honda's growing portfolio of advanced environmental technology vehicles which include three hybrid models, the world's most advanced fuel cell electric vehicle, the FCX Clarity, the Fit EV electric vehicle and a Honda plug-in hybrid car, both launching in 2012. The fully redesigned 2012 Civic Natural Gas model goes on-sale October 18, 2011, with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $26,155.

"We're extremely proud Indiana is the home for this all-new Civic Natural Gas," said Jun Nishimoto, HMIN President. "As the sole producers of the Civic Natural Gas, our associates in Greensburg are making an important contribution to Honda's global effort to reduce CO2 emissions and advance the deployment of vehicles that can help the transition away from gasoline to cleaner and more sustainable alternative fuels."

Honda's Greensburg, Indiana, plant is one of only three auto plants globally to earn a Platinum Award for quality from J.D. Power and Associates in 2011. The plant began production of the all-new 2012 Civic Sedan in April of this year and reached full, one-shift production of new Civic Sedans in early September, following the parts supply disruption caused by the earthquake in Japan in March.

HMIN is now making final preparations to double its capacity, from 100,000 to 200,000 vehicles annually, with the start of two-shift production on October 24, 2011. HMIN has hired nearly 1,000 new associates to support the move to two-shift production.

Multiple Benefits for Civic Natural Gas Owners
The Indiana-made Civic Natural Gas offers multiple user benefits, including significantly reduced operating costs compared to gasoline. In Indiana, for example, natural gas from public refueling stations currently costs on average $1.85 (on gasoline-gallon-equivalent basis) or roughly half the cost of gasoline. Also, public entities in Indiana-such as school corporations, municipalities, cities and townships-are eligible for $2,000 state-issued grant for each new alternative-fuel vehicle purchase.

As an alternative-fuel vehicle with extremely low smog-forming emissions, the Civic Natural Gas currently also qualifies for single-occupant access to High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) "carpool" lanes in California and several other states. And natural gas, as a low-carbon fuel, emits 25 percent less CO2 emissions than gasoline when used to power an internal combustion engine.

Featuring new styling, enhanced performance and increased fuel economy, the redesigned 2012 Civic Natural Gas can now also be equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System featuring an exclusive database of publicly-accessible Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling stations across the United States.

The 2012 Civic Natural Gas is powered by a specially designed version of the same 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine found in the 2012 Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe models and has an EPA-rated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 27/38/31 miles per gallon (gasoline-gallon equivalent), up 12.5 percent in city driving and 5.5 percent on the highway compared to its predecessor. The 2012 Civic Natural Gas also incorporates the Honda ECO Assist™ system, an innovative technology that can enhance efficient vehicle operation at the touch of a button, while also providing visual feedback to the driver to promote and confirm a more fuel-efficient driving style.

Standard equipment on the 2012 Civic Natural Gas includes the new "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) that provides a convenient platform for integration of vehicle information and compatible personal electronics with a driver-oriented, 5-inch color LCD display and intuitive steering wheel controls.

All models also come equipped with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® for wirelessly connecting compatible mobile phones, and a USB audio interface for compatible music players.

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana
Honda Manufacturing Indiana, LLC (HMIN) in Greensburg, Indiana, became Honda's fourth auto plant in the U.S. and its seventh in North America when it began production of Civic Sedans in October 2008. The plant marked production of its 100,000th Civic in February 2010. With employment approaching 2,000 associates and capital investment exceeding $550 million, HMIN today produces the Civic Sedan for markets within and outside of North America. HMIN is also the exclusive manufacturer of the Civic Natural Gas. HMIN started operations as a zero-waste-to-landfill factory and maintains one of the lowest environmental footprints of any automobile plant in Honda's global production network.

Honda Environmental Leadership
In addition to the Civic Natural Gas, Honda is a leader in the development of leading-edge technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions, including vehicles powered by advanced gasoline engines, as well as gasoline-electric hybrid, battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell-electric vehicles.

Honda has led the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has topped the list of America's greenest vehicles, from the America Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), for eleven consecutive years.

In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to announce voluntary CO2 emissions reduction targets for its global fleet of automobile, powersports and power equipment products and its global network of manufacturing plants. Today, the company is striving for even greater reductions in CO2 emissions that contribute to global climate change, while also working to minimize waste, water use and the total environmental footprint of its operations worldwide.


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      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      The problem from this car is that it should keep the gasoline tank for when ng is not available even if it take-up more space and even if chris m said that consumers of this car need the space, also it's a little bit too pricy. Ng gas as hydrogen can be made with machineries without high fuel cost and without pollution and are endless fuel methods. It's clear that honda is a petrol reseller economic entities and do just false fake deceptive pr stunts like this and is not selling the right complete solution.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      I talked to a friend that recently got a Civic NG so he could use the carpool lane. I asked if he got a home filing unit and he said "No, because the don't pay for themselves . . . it would have cost me $7000 to install.". Is Phill that expensive? That seems like a big down side. I'd want to be able to fuel from home with a NG vehicle.
        winc06
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        The 2012 figures are not up at fueleconomy.gov, but they are there for the 2011 Civic CNG. Annual CO 2 emissions of 56 tons. The figure for the new high fuel economy gasoline model is 57 tons of CO 2. I don't see the point. They are both fossil fuels that contribute to global warming and the "fracking" being used to extract the natural gas is an ecological disaster. Even a mild hybrid would be better. CNG is less green than oil.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @winc06
          Well, for my friend the point was getting access to the carpool lane. And his drive was a long . . . from Davis, California to Silicon Valley so electric was not an option for him. For others, the cheap price of natural gas compared to gasoline is a draw. Plus it is a largely domestic energy source.
      Lou Grinzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      For a head-to-head comparison of tank-to-tail pipe CO2 emissions for the three Civic variants (gasoline, hybrid, CNG), see: http://www.grinzo.com/energy/2011/09/01/cng-vehicles-a-cheap-shiny-new-bridge-to-nowhere/ CNG as a motor vehicle fuel is a major mistake. It locks us in to not just another fossil fuel, but one that has much higher CO2 emissions per mile driven than we can afford. Notice in all the ad copy about how CNG vehicles are "cleaner" they never define exactly what that means. Yes, CNG vehicles are dramatically better for some emissions, like particulates, and that's undeniably a very good thing. But CNG vehicles aren't nearly clean enough when you take CO2 into account.
      JP
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Phill home filling station uses over 6 kWh's of electricity to compress 100 miles worth of gas into a tank, not counting the energy used to pressurize it to flow into your home. A full fill will take overnight, and the home compressor will cost more than $6k. It also has seals and other parts that can wear out and servicing them can be expensive. Then you still end up burning NG in an inefficient ICE. CNG will have a short future if used in such a manner. http://ephase.blogspot.com/2011/02/why-not-natural-gas.html
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      For $9000 over the base model Civic, what the hell is Honda thinking? Sounds like gouging to me.
      Taggart
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm convinced that CNG power is the future, along with electric power (if we can make coal cleaner)--because we don't have to rely on imports. We can have energy security in the foreseeable future.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Taggart
        Coal can't get cleaner. It will always emit toxic material. That material has to go somewhere. Capturing the toxic material is not a solution. Oh, the oil companies are going to love getting you hooked on natural gas. And they'll turn this planet into swiss cheese and destroy water supplies getting it. Even then, you have a finite resource. Fossil fuels are all the same. Dirty, finite, and the low hanging fruit has already been picked.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Coal can *certainly* get cleaner. Coal gasification has great potential to reduce both released pollutants as well as GHGs. "The environmental benefits of gasification stem from the capability to achieve extremely low SOx, NOx and particulate emissions from burning coal-derived gases. Sulfur in coal, for example, is converted to hydrogen sulfide and can be captured by processes presently used in the chemical industry. In some methods, the sulfur can be extracted in either a liquid or solid form that can be sold commercially. In an Integrated Gasification Combined-Cycle (IGCC) plant, the syngas produced is virtually free of fuel-bound nitrogen. NOx from the gas turbine is limited to thermal NOx. Diluting the syngas allows for NOx emissions as low as 15 parts per million. Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) can be used to reach levels comparable to firing with natural gas if required to meet more stringent emission levels. Other advanced emission control processes are being developed that could reduce NOx from hydrogen fired turbines to as low as 2 parts per million. The Office of Fossil Energy is also exploring advanced syngas cleaning and conditioning processes that are even more effective in eliminating emissions from coal gasifiers. Multi-contaminant control processes are being developed that reduce pollutants to parts-per-billion levels and will be effective in cleaning mercury and other trace metals in addition to other impurities. Coal gasification may offer a further environmental advantage in addressing concerns over the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide. If oxygen is used in a coal gasifier instead of air, carbon dioxide is emitted as a concentrated gas stream in syngas at high pressure. In this form, it can be captured and sequestered more easily and at lower costs. By contrast, when coal burns or is reacted in air, 79 percent of which is nitrogen, the resulting carbon dioxide is diluted and more costly to separate." http://fossil.energy.gov/programs/powersystems/gasification/index.html
      James Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      The oil companies are going to love getting you hooked on natural gas. And they’ll turn this planet into Swiss cheese and destroy water supplies getting it. Even then, you have a finite resource. http://www.ca-lemon-law.com/
      Champ
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's great. WHERE are these 200 dealers? kinda important info to leave out.