Renault's first electric cars are still at least a year away from launch, so in the meantime it is launching a low emissions and consumption version of the Clio. The new Clio eco2 is powered by an 86 horsepower 1.5-liter inline-four diesel, which yields a combined 63.5 miles per gallon (U.S.) on the EU test cycle. Only 98 grams of CO2 are emitted every kilometer.
It looks like Toyta's expanding the Prius "brand." The Prius is Toyota's most popular hybrid model in the US, the succes of which it chalks up to the image statement an exclusive model like the Prius makes. People want to be seen and make a statement with their greenness, nevermind all the raw materials, energy, and resources it took to bring that car to the showroom. Toyota says the low emissions and fuel economy of the Prius offset those hits. If they say so...
If you use natural gas in your home, Honda may have a good solution for your daily commute. American Honda Motor announced Wednesday that the redesigned 2006 Civic GX will sticker at $24,440. Although the price isn't particularly low, the federal government sweetens the pot with an alternative fuel tax credit of $4,000, and an additional $1,000 for "Phill," Honda's natural gas home refueling station.