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Default Civic: Natural Gas-Powered 2008 Honda Civic GX Delivers Attractive Alternative Energy Transportation

Based on the technologically-advanced Honda Civic Sedan, the Honda Civic GX
runs on ultra-clean, domestically-available natural gas and produces near zero
emissions.


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, earning the distinction of, "Cleanest internal
combustion vehicle in the world." Consumers in California and New York,
and fleet customers nationwide, can purchase the Civic GX through qualified
Honda dealers.


For 2008, an auxiliary audio input jack has been added to the audio system
and a new color is available, Nighthawk Black Pearl.


Natural gas, an inherently clean-burning fuel, produces 75 percent fewer smog
forming pollutants (oxides of nitrogen) compared to the output of a conventional
gasoline engine. As of 2007, 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 a home refueling appliance.


"The Civic GX brings the environmental and numerous other advantages
of natural gas to one of America's most popular vehicles," said
Gunnar Lindstrom, alternative fuels vehicle senior manager of American Honda
Motor Co., Inc. "The availability of home refueling adds the potential
to make using an alternative fuel vehicle even more convenient than gasoline."


As in previous years, 2008 Civic GX owners may be eligible for federal tax
credits designed to promote clean, alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure.
The Civic GX qualifies for a $4,000 federal tax credit, and the purchase and
installation of Phill, a first-of-its-kind natural gas home refueling appliance
by FuelMaker Corporation , may qualify for a tax credit of up to $1,000. Phill
is available for lease directly through qualified Honda dealers in California,
or directly from FuelMaker Corp. for purchase.


The 1.8-liter, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine produces 113 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
and 109 ft-lbs of torque @ 4300 rpm. The 2008 Civic GX achieves an EPA-estimated
city/highway fuel economy of 24/36 miles per gasoline-gallon equivalent . A
5-speed automatic transmission is standard. A fuel tank with an 8.0 Gasoline
Gallon Equivalent (GGE) capacity at 3600 psi provides a range of approximately
200 to 225 miles.


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 include 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 airbags (SRS). Active front seat head restraints are designed
to help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision.
Standard active safety features include an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with
brake assist and 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 2-speaker 160-watt AM/FM Audio System
with CD Player (MP3/ Windows® Media Audio (WMA) enabled), auxiliary audio
input jack (new for GX in 2008), multi-function center console with sliding
armrest and progressive blue illumination instrument panel meters.


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 serves as an enabling technology for hydrogen fuel cell cars in the future.


Phill - the home refueling appliance manufactured by FuelMaker Corporation,
provides Civic GX owners with a convenient and affordable method of refueling
at home. Phill can be mounted to a garage wall, either indoors or outdoors,
and allows the GX to refuel overnight directly from a homeowner's existing natural
gas supply line.


Primarily a domestically-produced fuel, natural gas fuel use as an alternative
to petroleum products can help promote air quality goals. Natural gas is also
a lower-cost alternative to gasoline that has historically tracked below that
of petroleum fuels.


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 parking in the following California
cities: Los Angeles, San Jose and Santa Monica.


As of September 2007, available California statewide incentive programs 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).


As of September 2007, California regional incentive programs(5) for consumers
and fleet operators, all on a first-come, first-served basis, 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 of 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.


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

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