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Honda Civic NatGas Named Green Car of the Year

Jurors see it as more practical, effective than battery power.

by on Nov.17, 2011

Honda Chief Marketing Officer Mike Accavitti accepts the Green Car of the Year award for the Honda Civic Natural Gas.

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.

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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.


Five Green Car Finalists Revealed

Not all even have hit market yet.

by on Oct.24, 2011

Though it won't go on sale until December, Ford's Focus Electric is a finalist in the Green Car of the Year awards announced next month.

The first 2012 Ford Focus Electric won’t even reach buyers in California until the very end of the year but it apparently has had a significant impact on the judges for the Green Car of the Year, landing among the five finalists for the prestigious award.

The jury has chosen a mix of products that reveals the breadth of alternative powertrain market, with the finalists including a conventional hybrid, two pure battery-electric vehicles, a clean diesel and a natural gas-powered offering.

Along with the Focus Electric, the Green Car finalists include the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, the 2012 Mitsubishi i, the 2012 Toyota Prius v and the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI.

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“This year’s Green Car of the Year finalists underscore that there is no single solution to our transportation challenges,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and “Here we have five exceptional answers to the question of how we’re going to increase efficiencies, reduce tailpipe and CO2 emissions, and decrease petroleum use.”