Wider availability in the US than ever before.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Oct. 13, 2011
A 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas at a NG refueling station in CA.
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) began mass production of the all-new 2012 Civic Natural Gas as it increases production of the alternatively fueled Civic to fulfill the ever expanding network of certified Civic Natural Gas Honda dealers that have increased from just 72 Honda dealers in four states to nearly 200 dealers in 36 states.
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 including the Fit BEV and a mid-sized Honda PHEV, both launching in 2012. The 2012 Civic Natural Gas goes on-sale next week with an MSRP starting at $26,155.
Benefits of Natural Gas As a Fuel
The Indiana-made Civic Natural Gas offers significantly reduced operating costs compared to gasoline if you take the high front end costs out of the equation. In Indiana, natural gas from public refueling stations currently costs on average $1.85 (on gasoline-gallon-equivalent basis) compared to just over $3.20 for a gallon of the gold stuff.
As an alternative-fuel vehicle with extremely low smog-forming emissions, the Civic Natural Gas 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.
The 2012 Civic Natural Gas is powered by a specially designed, high compression (12.7:1 vs. 10.6:1) and lower HP (110 HP vs. 140 HP) version of the same 1.8L I4 found in the regular Civic Sedan and Coupe. The Natural Gas is rated at 27/38/31 mpgUS city/highway/combined. The 2012 Civic Natural Gas also incorporates Honda’s ECO Assist system that enhances efficient vehicle operation while also providing visual feedback to the driver to promote 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. Currently, the best displays in the compact class bar none.
Regarding Connectivity, unlike the Civic LX and HF, the Natural Gas model includes Bluetooth Hands Free Link for wirelessly connecting compatible mobile phones, and a USB audio interface for compatible music players.