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Default Honda Civic GX Provides Gasoline Alternative with Natural Gas

TORRANCE, Calif. - Sep 09 —

Based on the Honda Civic LX Sedan, the Civic GX runs on inherently-clean natural
gas and produces near zero emissions, earning it the American Council for an
Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) "greenest vehicle" title
for five consecutive years.


For 2009, the Civic GX has a new look with exterior styling that includes
a new front bumper cover, grille design, rear chrome garnish and a new "Natural
Gas Vehicle" decal on each rear door. Interior updates include new cloth
materials and seat patterns, door linings and armrests, and a sporty 3-spoke
steering wheel that replaces the 2-spoke design.


The Civic GX is the only vehicle certified by the EPA to meet both Federal
Tier 2 Bin 2 and Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) zero evaporative emission
certification standards. Consumers in California and New York, and fleet customers
nationwide, can purchase the Civic GX through qualified Honda dealers.


"The Civic GX sets a high standard for low emissions," said Dick
Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Of
additional importance, natural gas vehicles help diversify the country's
transportation energy resources."


Natural gas-powered vehicles are part of Honda's energy strategy to offer
the best available technology for the reduction of air pollution and petroleum
dependence and serve as an enabling technology for hydrogen fuel cell cars in
the future.


The Civic GX 1.8-liter, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine produces 113 horsepower @
6300 rpm and 109 ft-lbs of torque @ 4300 rpm, and achieves an EPA-estimated1
city/highway fuel economy of 24/36 miles per Gasoline-Gallon Equivalent (GGE).
Maximum fuel tank capacity is 7.8 GGE at 3600 pounds per square inch. A 5-speed
automatic transmission is standard.


Built on a high-rigidity unit-body platform, the Civic is designed to deliver
precise, sharp and refined handling performance with its MacPherson strut front
suspension and multi-link rear suspension. A sweeping roofline and a sleek windshield
angle convey an advanced, one-motion profile with a low and wide stance. The
interior focuses on sophisticated styling with a two-tier instrument panel,
comfortable seating and accommodating storage areas with room for mobile phones,
MP3 players, compact discs and more.


A wide array of standard safety technologies includes the Advanced Compatibility
Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure; side curtain airbags; driver's
and front passenger's side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position
Detection System (OPDS); and dual-stage, dual-threshold driver's and front
passenger's front airbags (SRS). Active front seat head restraints are
designed to help reduce the likelihood of neck injury in the event of a rear
collision.


Standard safety features include an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic
brake distribution, front seatbelts with automatic-tensioners and load limiters,
and a pedestrian injury mitigation design incorporated into the front exterior
of the vehicle. Driver and front passenger seatbelt reminders and daytime running
lights are also standard equipment.


Standard features include 15-inch steel wheels with covers, P195/65R15 tires,
air conditioning, cruise control, power windows with auto up/down driver's
window, power door locks, keyless entry, a 160-watt AM/FM Audio System with
CD Player (MP3/ Windows® Media Audio (WMA) enabled), auxiliary audio input
jack, multi-function center console with sliding armrest and progressive blue
illumination instrument panel meters.


The Civic GX is the only dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car available
to retail customers in the United States and is assembled2 in East
Liberty, Ohio.


As an inherently clean-burning fuel, natural gas produces 75 percent fewer
smog forming pollutants (oxides of nitrogen) compared to the output of a conventional
gasoline engine. Natural gas is approximately 30 percent less expensive than
gasoline when purchased at a refueling station, and can be more than 50 percent
less expensive than gasoline when supplied by the home refueling appliance,
"Phil," developed by FuelMaker Corporation3.


"Phil" is a home-based refueling appliance that can be mounted
to a garage wall either indoors or outdoors to allow natural gas powered vehicles
to be refueled overnight directly from a homeowner's existing natural gas supply
line. The purchase and installation of Phill may qualify customers for a federal
tax credit of up to $1,000.


As in previous years, 2009 Civic GX owners may be eligible for a $4,000 federal
tax credit4 designed to promote clean, alternative fuel vehicles
and fueling infrastructure.


As a "clean air vehicle," the Civic GX qualifies for single occupant
HOV lane access in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida,
Georgia, New Jersey, Utah and Virginia, plus the District of Columbia. The Civic
GX qualifies for free metered parking5 in the following California
cities: Los Angeles, San Jose and Santa Monica.


As of August 2008, available California statewide incentive programs6
for consumers and fleet operators, available on a first-come, first-served basis,
include a $3,000 rebate available through the California Air Resource Board
(CARB).


A wide range of incentive programs5 for consumers and fleet operators
are available in California, all on a first-come, first-served basis. These
include: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (APCD) $2,000 rebate
for Civic GX; South Coast Area Air Quality Management District (AQMD) $2,000
discount for Phill; cities of Vacaville, Dixon and Rio Vista $6,800 rebate for
Civic GX and $2,000 rebate for Phill. Additionally, the Bay Area Air Quality
Management District (AQMD) provides a grant of $4,500 to Civic GX fleet operators.


About ACEEE

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ACEEE is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic
prosperity and environmental protection.


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1Based on 2009 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy
methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not
compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how
you drive and maintain your vehicle.


2Of domestic and globally sourced parts.


3Additional information regarding FuelMaker Corporation of Ontario,
Canada, and the Phill home refueling appliance is available at www.fuelmaker.com.


4Consult a tax professional to determine eligibility.


5Vehicle must display HOV decal and follow posted parking rules.
Check local codes for exact rules.


6The referenced incentive programs provide discounts on the Civic
GX and/or Phill. This information is meant to be an example of what is available.
These programs are "first-come, first-served" and there is no guarantee
that these incentives will be available. When a sales transaction is pending,
please contact the program contact to make certain that the program is still
in place and that funding is still available.

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