Natural Gas-Driven Honda Planned For 2012

As electric cars permeate the market, alternative fuel vehicles are not far behind them. A battle seems to be brewing between the two and even experts do not know who will emerge victorious. Some think that car finance for both alternative fuel and electric automobiles could be equally common during decades to come.

With consumer preference currently unclear, most large automakers are releasing both types of cars. They figure at least one will capture the attention of drivers. Honda has begun manufacturing a natural gas Civic in the United States. The cleanest internal combustion engine to receive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certification will power this vehicle.

A specially designed version of the 2012 Civic four-cylinder, 1.8-liter engine will power the car. The U.S. EPA provided it with a 31mpg rating and Honda plans to ramp up production during 2012 to meet expected increased demand. The Honda facility in the state of Indiana will double its capacity to 200,000 vehicles per year, beginning in 2012.

This car is a trailblazer in that it will be the only natural gas vehicle available to retail car buyers in the U.S. Over the next two years, Honda will expand its U.S. dealer network and if all goes well, may release the cars in other countries, including the UK. Soon, drivers all over the world may be taking out car loans so they can motor around in a more fuel-efficient and cleaner operating Honda Civic natural gas vehicle.

In the meantime, UK drivers will need to settle for car financing for three other new versions of the Civic. The 2.2-liter iDTEC features a 150hp engine with low fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions. The 1.8-liter i-VTEC should appeal to the widest customer base. The 1.4-liter i-VTEC, 100hp engine is the smallest, with slightly higher fuel consumption.