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2007 NAIAS :: Detroit Auto Show :: Reviews + Interviews

Honda offers the Civic Natural Gas Vehicle in Michigan

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

The Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle at the 2007 NAIAS.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 


DETROIT -- Honda is now adding the Civic GX natural gas vehicle to the market for purchase by Michigan consumers. The vehicle was previously only available to those who lived in California. Another option is available for those who want to reduce their dependence on foreign oil.

The Civic GX natural gas vehicle can be purchased at Michigan Honda dealers. They are on a special order basis. They are built in Ohio and made with 80% parts from North America. You will receive a $4,000 tax credit for buying the vehicle. There is no cap on the number of tax credits that are offered to consumers. With hybrid vehicles, tax credits would only be available for the first 60,000 customers for a manufacturer. The tax credit for the Civic GX will not expire.

This car comes with a 1.7 liter engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission. It is expected to be 98% cleaner than gasoline-powered vehicles. It creates zero emissions. The natural gas tank is located in the trunk. It can hold 3,600 psi of natural gas which is equal to about 8 gallons of liquid gasoline. It offers a driving range of 200-225 miles. In the city, you will receive 28 mpg and on the highway, 39 mpg.

On a normal gasoline-powered vehicle, you will need an oil change every 3,000 to 4,000 miles. With the Honda Civic GX, an oil change is only needed once every 10,000 miles. It makes it a lot easier on the driver. Oil changes will become less of a problem with our very busy lives.

There are two ways to re-fill your natural gas vehicle. Honda is also selling a home refueling machine named "Phill." It will take about eight hours to fill the vehicle for 100 miles. To fill the vehicle completely, it will take about 12 hours time.

Your N.G.V. can also be filled at a nearby refueling station. That will take anywhere from three to seven minutes and is known as a "quick fill." There are 14 natural gas refueling stations in Michigan. There are five stations within the city of Detroit and two in Ann Arbor. The others are located in surrounding cities. For a complete map and list of locations, click here.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the price of natural gas is 15 to 40 percent less than the price of gasoline and diesel.

The Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle starts at $24,590. That price does not include any extra features. You will receive a $4,000 federal tax credit for purchasing this car. Remember, they can be special ordered at your local Honda dealer in Michigan.

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PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

This is what a home fueling station would look like for the Honda Civic N.G.V.

 

This page was last updated on Wed, January 17, 2007 7:42 PM

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