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Honda Begins Production of Civic GX Natural Gas Vehicles
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN)
today began production1 of the environmentally responsible,
natural gas-powered Civic GX, at its plant in Greensburg,
Indiana. HMIN associate Alonzo Miles of Indianapolis drove the
first Civic GX off the line in a special ceremony at the plant.
The Civic GX has received
top environmental awards including the American Council for
Energy-Efficient Economy's "America's Greenest Car" award for
five consecutive years. Honda has a long history of
environmental leadership, including the introduction of
America's first mass-produced hybrid, the Honda Insight, and the
first vehicle to meet California's low emission vehicle
standards well in advance of regulatory requirements as well as
the first government-certified fuel cell electric vehicle.
The Civic GX is the only
natural gas vehicle built by a major automaker in the U.S. First
introduced in 1998, the Civic GX is the cleanest internal
combustion vehicle certified by the EPA – 90% cleaner than the
average gasoline-powered car on the road today.
As a result, the GX is certified by the
EPA as an Inherently Low Emissions Vehicle (ILEV). It is the
only natural gas powered passenger car available for sale in all
50 states, and is eligible for a $4,000 federal tax credit as a
qualified alternative fuel vehicle.
It is powered by a 113-hp, 1.8-Liter,
16-valve, SOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine built at Honda's engine
plant in Anna, Ohio, and it is designed with a higher
compression ratio to maximize performance from natural gas fuel.
The Civic GX was formerly produced at Honda's East Liberty, Ohio
plant and has ten years of proven performance as a natural gas
It has an average range of more than 220 miles,
and has outstanding fuel economy at 24 MPG (city) and 36 MPG (highway).
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana began Civic GX
production just seven months after starting mass production of the
fuel-efficient, 4-cylinder Honda Civic sedan at its new plant in
Greensburg, Indiana. The $550 million plant currently employs
approximately 1,000 associates and is designed as a zero
Assembling the Civic GX brings flexibility and
new capabilities at the plant. HMIN is a comprehensive production
facility that includes metal stamping, plastic injection molding,
subassembly, and final assembly. Producing the GX on the same assembly
line with other vehicles required the addition of unique production
processes, including fuel tank sub-assembly and installation, and a
fueling center for compressed natural gas.
"We are excited about producing the
environmentally responsible Civic GX, the latest production milestone in
our short history here in Indiana," said HMIN president Yuzo Uenohara.
"We applaud the efforts of our Indiana associates who are dedicated to
building the very best Honda products for all of our North American
customers, with customer satisfaction as our top goal."
The Honda Civic sedan being built in Indiana
features the fuel-efficient 140-hp, 1.8-liter, 16-valve SOHC i-VTEC®
4-cylinder gasoline engine also produced by Honda associates in Anna,
(May 13, 2009)