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Green Car Award 2012

Honda Civic_Natural Gas based model_Green Car of the year award winner
Honda Civic Natural gas

This year’s green car of the year award was bagged by the natural gas powered Honda Civic. Introduced as a fleet vehicle in 1998, the car is in currently the fifth generation model and has entered assembly line production.

According to the Green Car Journal, natural gas is a clean fuel that is almost exclusively domestically sourced and is typically priced 30% less than gasoline. The Civic Natural Gas is the cleanest internal-combustion vehicle as certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“There is no other vehicle like the Civic Natural Gas on American highways, and this recognition has been a long time coming for Honda,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of

The six-judge panel on Green Car of the Year jury selected Civic Natural Gas from five contenders: Volkswagen Passat TDI, Ford Focus Electric, Toyota Prius V and Mitsubishi I.

Volkswagen Passat TDI
Volkswagen Passat TDI,170 horse power engine, Cost- $19995

Mitsubishi i
Mitsubishi i, 47 kW motor, Cost- $ 43000

Toyota Prius v
Toyota Prius v , Cost- $ 32760

Ford focus Electric
Ford focus Electric, 123 horse power motor, Cost – $ 32200

A competition between car companies to come up with better car models may see the price of such green cars go down substantially.

A list of past winners;

2006 — Mercury Mariner Hybrid

2007 — Toyota Camry Hybrid

2008 — Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

2009 — Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel

2010 — Audi A3 TDI Clean Diesel

2011 — Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.

2012 — Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle

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