Defying conventional wisdom that battery cars are the alternative of choice, the natural gas-powered version of the Honda Civic was named Green Car of the Year during a well-attended ceremony at the L.A. Auto Show.
The Civic was one of the five finalists for the award, sponsored by Green Car Journal. The others were the new Ford Focus Electric, the battery-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i, the 2012 Toyota Prius v, which is a larger version of the world’s best-selling hybrid, and the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI diesel.
Though other makers have expressed interest in the relatively clean-burning fuel, Honda has been the only consistent manufacturer of vehicles using natural gas.
“For Honda, ‘blue skies for our children isn’t just a slogan,’ it’s something we believe in,” declared Mike Accavitti, the maker’s North American marketing chief, who accepted the Green Car of the Year award.