Honda Producing 2006 Version of Natural Gas Civic GX
6 December 2005
|2006 Civic GX|
Quelling months of speculation on the Internet and elsewhere, Honda brought a compressed natural-gas GX version of its redesigned 2006 Civic to the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) Conference and Exposition, which opens today in Vancouver, Canada.
A GX model had not been part of the publicity surrounding the introduction of the redesigned Civic family. A Honda spokesman confirmed that the 2006 Honda GX displayed is indeed a production model.
The 2006 Civic GX is powered by a 1.8-liter, 115 hp (86 kW) engine fueled by a 8-gallon-gasoline-equivalent, 3,600 psi tank mounted in the trunk. The new engine is larger and slightly more powerful than its 1.7-liter predecessor, which delivered 100 hp (75 kW). (Earlier post.)
The only transmission available is a 5-speed automatic. Preliminary EPA fuel economy is 30 city/35 highway with a range of 200 miles.
As with its predecessor, the 2006 Civic GX looks to have about half the trunk space of a normal GX, and sports “NGV” graphics on each rear passenger door. The Civic GX is being assembled in East Liberty, Ohio, and is CARB certified as a AT-PZEV vehicle.
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