The Honda Civic Natural Gas 2012 went on sale last October with a base price of $ 26.155, with the great advantage yield 30% more fuel efficient compared to gasoline engine cars.
Made in USA
While Nissan, Ford, General Motors and Mitsubishi are driving sales of its electric cars, Honda is the only manufactured and sold in the United States, a model that runs on natural gas.
This is the Honda Civic Natural Gas 2012 which went on sale last October with a suggested by the manufacturer (MSRP) of $ 26.155 ($ 27.655, equipped with GPS navigation system), with the great advantage of a price well below price electric cars and fuel efficiency 30% more efficient compared to gasoline engine cars.
Adapted for efficiency
It is equipped with the same engine and 1.8-liter four-cylinder that equips the Civic Sedan and Coupe, but specially modified to operate on natural gas, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
Engine modifications included increasing compression to 12.7.1, compared to 10.6: 1 in the engine gasoline-powered Civic Sedan. Fuel injectors, intake valves and exhaust valves seats exclusive were designed to suit the unique properties of natural gas.
It also has rods and crankshaft stronger connection and special pistons used to allow higher ratio of engine compression and the correct octane fuel.
With this powertrain, the Civic Natural Gas has a fuel efficiency (equivalent to a gallon of gasoline) of 27 mpg city, 38 highway and combined average of 31, according to official estimates of the Agency for Environmental Protection (EPA).
This represents an improvement of 12.5% efficiency in city traffic compared to the previous model (previously known as the Civic GX), 5.5% and 10.7% road in the combined average.
The new model also includes the ECO Assist ™ system Honda, a technology that can further improve efficiency at the touch of a button and provides visual feedback to the driver on the instrument panel and confirm to promote efficient driving style.
The gas tank Civic Natural Gas is located between the rear wheels and is made of composite material coated aluminum, designed for security, which may contain the equivalent of 7.8 gallons of gasoline, when filled with compressed natural gas to 3,600 psi.
Technology and advantages
Because this is the first self-propelled natural gas in the United States, unlike other countries where its use is widely common infrastructure of filling stations is still limited.
However, Honda also thought that and the optional navigation system Civic Natural Gas includes a special database to locate public-accessible refill stations across the country.
In addition, American Honda is expanding the number of dealerships that offer the service of compressed natural gas recharge of the four it had before – California, New York, Utah and Oklahoma – more than 200 in 38 states.
And as an added bonus, because the Honda Civic Natural Gas is classified by him EPA as a vehicle fuel-alternative with smog emissions extremely low, its owners may obtain authorization for access to HOV lanes (HOV) in roads in several states, including California.
Standard safety equipment includes the Assist System to the stability of the vehicle (Vehicle Stability Assist ™ – VSA), which is integrated with the new system Electric Power Steering (EPS) Motion Adaptive, airbags and two-stage multiple thresholds, side airbags front Detection system Occupant Position (OPDS), side airbags curtain airbags, and antilock brake system (ABS) four-channel with electronic brake distribution (EBD) and Assistance Braking.
It is made on a structure Advanced Compatibility Engineering (Advanced Compatibility Engineering ™, ACE ™) to better control the energy in a frontal crash, through a network of structures that support the load on the front of the vehicle, and for better compatibility in a collision from vehicle to vehicle.
For all these advantages, the Honda Civic Natural Gas was declared the Green Car of 2012 in the past Auto Show Los Angeles 2011, where he suepró the final vote to the new Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi iMev, the Toyota Prius V and the Volkswagen Passat TDI .
The Honda Civic Natural Gas is manufactured at the plant Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) Honda and like the rest of its models, is covered by a limited new vehicle warranty 3-year / 36,000-mile limited warranty on the powertrain 5 years / 60,000 miles, and limited corrosion warranty 5 years / unlimited mileage.