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					   Honda Cars -A Thing for Cars with Great and Green Qualities

Beginning its US operations in 1959 as a motorcycle manufacturer, Honda Motor Co. successfully ventured
into selling cars and today consistently ranks among the most trusted auto manufacturers in the country. Since
its introduction to the US market in 1973, the Honda Civic has attracted a huge customer base and is now
considered an icon in the car industry. Affordable and high-quality, Honda Civic is also touted as one of the
most fuel-efficient cars available, hence making it a great choice for those who want to save money on gas.

Customers have one thing in common when it comes to their preference for Honda cars -a thing for cars with
affordable, high-performance, fuel-efficient and environment-friendly qualities. While many of its vehicles, like
the Fit and Odyssey, already top consumer surveys and expert reviews when it comes to reliability and fuel-
efficiency, Honda continues to look for ways to provide people with better alternatives.

One of its latest 2012 models is the Honda Civic Natural Gas or Honda Civic CNG, previously known as the
Honda Civic GX. Running on compressed natural gas, this Civic boasts of many benefits that don’t just pertain
to fuel efficiency. It’s also deemed safer than vehicles running on gas. Owning the car can grant you tax credits,
because it runs on an alternative fuel.

While popularly used to fuel cars outside of the country, particularly in Europe, compressed natural has yet to
attain the same status in the US. Today, it’s used for buses and garbage trucks, not on vehicles. It does hurt that
there are only 830 stations that offer CNG in the country, and there’s no complete data on how much natural
gas reserves the US has.

As CNG runs out faster than other fuels, you’ll also have to stop by fuel stations often. However, these
disadvantages are not enough to disregard the importance of the Civic CNG. They are in fact, problems that the
US has to solve to make way for a more energy-efficient future.

The US government affirmed the importance of the Honda Civic CNG when the Environmental Protection
Agency said that it’s the cleanest vehicle around. Passing the AT-PZEV standard of the California Air
Resources Board is a tricky endeavor, but the Civic CNG managed to do it.

Along with their growing environmental awareness, people have come to favor cars that produce the slightest
emissions. Hence, you should be glad to know that the Civic CNG produces almost none of the emissions gas-
power cars are known to produce plenty of. Its emissions contain little of carbon dioxide and some methane.

Safety is also a top concern for buyers of Honda cars -a thing for cars that provide maximum protection for
drivers and passengers. Well, the CNG that powers the Civic natural gas will not set your car to fire if it figures
in an accident. It simply evaporates and does not form puddles. Because its fuel runs out faster than other cars,
the CNG’s fuel system is sealed to prevent possible losses.
                             Honda Cars -Car of this Century
Honda does not back down when it comes to competition. For years, it has been struggling against fellow
Japanese brand Toyota in reigning over the US commercial vehicle market. When Toyota introduced the Prius,
Honda created the Insight but early models failed to matched the first Toyota hybrid. Getting back on track,
Honda modified and re-launched the Insight and therefore produced a cheaper yet equally high-quality hybrid
compared with the Prius.

In recent years, a lot of changes have occurred in productions of Honda cars -car of this century candidates like
FCX Clarity, Civic CNG, Insight and hybrid versions of other Honda cars have been released to meet consumer
demand for green vehicles. Here’s a quick look on three of these cars:

The Honda FCX Clarity still isn’t sold commercially in the US. In fact, it’s only available for lease in Southern
California at a reasonably expensive monthly fee of $600. This vehicle’s commercial availability is limited by
the fact that the only fast-fill hydrogen stations where it can be fuelled in the country are located in Southern
California. But Honda is optimistic that hydrogen stations will multiply enough in the next years for the FCX to
become widely available and for it to produce more similarly fuelled vehicles.

As the first vehicle to run on hydrogen, the FCX clarity is a fuel cell vehicle that has zero toxic emissions. Its
emissions come in the form of water vapor. With it, Honda has made a giant move towards a sustainable future.

Another alternatively fuelled car is the Honda Civic CNG, formerly the Civic GX. Operating on compressed
natural gas, it helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere because it has significantly minimal
emissions. Among all the commercially available automobiles, it is arguably the greenest. It’s similar to other
Civic models and only differs from them as regards its fuel system. So if you still want to drive a Civic but
want the best one, the Civic CNG would have to be your bet.

Honda Insight may be costly at its $18,200-$21,490 MSRP, but compared with other hybrid autos, this is the
most affordable yet still one of the best gas/electric hybrids around. Of course, it’s priced that way because it
can save you money in the long run. After all, you can switch from using gas or the car’s electric motor as to
powering the Insight. This hatchback is not only technologically advance, it is also styled aerodynamically, thus
making its looks match its futuristic technology.

“Honda cars -car of this century”-- this might just be the vision of Honda Motor Co. Hybrid versions of the
Civic, Fit and CR-Z have also been recently released. As the non-hybrid versions are widely popular, their
hybrid versions will probably click with many consumers. The release of these models proves that the country’s
fossil-fuel dependence is on its way down.

There’s a big advantage held by Honda cars -car of this century contenders are among its recently released
models. If it continues going its current route, it’s suiting itself up for automobile market domination.

                         The Benefits of Buying Honda Cars
Honda Motor Co. has an astounding 52-year track record as a vehicle manufacturer in the US. The Japanese
vehicle outfit has churned out icons in the auto industry-- the Honda Accord and Honda Civic-- and is out to
produce more cars that are just as iconic as these and even better when it comes to performance. Honda pursues
innovations relentlessly and thus inspires consumer demand for better vehicles.

With its introduction of the Civic CNG and CFX Clarity, Honda is among those at the forefront of green car
technology. Going green is not just a trend, it’s a necessary response to the way the world is changing--
economically and environmentally. So what are the benefits of buying Honda cars in these and other aspects?

Price is one of the primary factors car buyers consider when choosing a vehicle. But comparing vehicle prices
isn’t as easy as just looking at MSRPs. Consumers also look at fuel economy and the resale value of vehicles.
Well, the very first car model that Honda sold in the US is the Honda Civic. There was an energy crisis in the
US 1973, the year the Civic was introduced in the country, so the car, which was fuel-efficient according to the
standards then, helped ease the crisis.

                                                                                     Today, Honda cars still
                                                                                     rank as the top cars as to
                                                                                     fuel economy. It’s not just
                                                                                     the hybrids and
                                                                                     alternatively fuelled
                                                                                     Honda vehicles that are
                                                                                     recognized for their fuel
                                                                                     economy. In fact, Honda
                                                                                     Fit, Honda CR-V and
                                                                                     Honda Civic are all
                                                                                     recognized for their fuel
                                                                                     efficiency. So if you buy
                                                                                     any of these, you’ll save
                                                                                     on your fuel budget.

                                                                                      Also, the prices of new
                                                                                      Honda cars may be higher
                                                                                     than cars of other brands,
                                                                                    but their values depreciate
more slowly. Hence, if you decide to sell your used Honda car after a certain period, you’ll get paid well. The
good reputation of Honda also benefits buyers of its cars, because customers are ensured that what they get are
high-quality cars.

Recent Honda innovations are also a benefit for Honda car buyers. For example, when choosing a Honda Civic,
you can choose among many models-- hybrid, compressed natural gas or CNG, sports (Si Sedan and Si coupe),
among others. Because the Honda Civic is the car most people are familiar with when it comes to driving, many
appreciate that there are now models with the same Civic features yet more fuel-efficient systems.

Critics have often stated that the conservative looks of Honda cars don’t match their quality. But the benefits of
buying Honda cars today include getting good-looking, high-performance vehicles. Honda has not just
conceptualized innovative technological features for its cars, it has also set aside time to conceptualize styles
and designs that are just as cutting-edge. If your college kid wants a car that’ll help him save on his money for
fuel yet still make him look cool, then get him the sports version of Honda Fit.

Honda cars have it all-- fuel economy, great value, quality, environmental friendliness, innovative technology,
and good looks. Hence, if you want to get yourself or any family member a new car, go for a Honda.

                        Why Honda Cars are A Great Choice
Because of the difficult economy, the car industry has posted slower sales, though not slow enough to hinder
car production. While many people still buy cars, they are now more meticulous in making their car purchase
choices. They now want affordable cars that are both fuel-efficient and earth-friendly. Currently, though, green
cars remain expensive and have found it hard to penetrate the car market, so many buyers look for the cars
whose features are close to those of green cars.

Honda Motor Co.’s fuel-cell and hybrid cars are not the manufacturer’s only fuel-efficient cars. Although not
infused with the advanced green technology of fuel-cell cars or hybrids, the older and more established Honda
cars, like Civic, Fit and CR-V, are still fuel-economic choices. Honda has a reputation for high-quality cars that
are fuel-efficient. This reputation, solidified by good citations from Consumer Reports and J.D. Power, is a
reason why Honda cars are a great choice.

The American
Council for an
Economy releases
rankings of cars
according to their
annually. Honda
has consecutively
topped these
rankings for eight
years. Its model
that tops the latest
list is the Civic
GX, now known
as the Honda
Civic CNG. The
Civic GX or CNG
are just recently
introduced models and for them to get awards instantly is a huge complement to the efforts of Honda car
engineers and production workers.

The Civic CNG has a fuel-cell system that uses compressed natural gas or CNG. You can buy a gallon of CNG
for half of what you pay for gas, so it saves you money. You’ll also help the earth if you choose the Civic CNG,
because although it emits methane, it emits very low levels of CO2. You might find its MSRP, which is about
$24,590, steep, though. Also, there are not many CNG fuel-filling stations around the US, when you’ll have to
stop by one frequently because the low energy content of CNG limits the driving range of the Honda CNG.
The fact that Honda has fuel-economic cars for almost every need is also part of the reason why Honda cars are
a great choice. If your family can’t afford a brand-new, earth-friendly Honda car, just look up old Honda cars
and you’ll find one that’ll suit you just right. A 2008 Honda CR-V is still great for family travel and outings
with friends. It has a 20-city/27-highway mpg that may be enough to convince you to consider it.

For those who have small families, live alone, or are in college, a 2008 Honda Fit is a practical choice. This
hatchback may be priced cheaply but its performance and design are not compromised by its affordability. It
has a fuel-economic 28-city/34-highway mpg and a sharp, sleek appearance. It looks small on the outside but
you’d be surprised to see how roomy its interiors are. It also has a Sport version, so opt for it if you want a Fit
with added features that make your ride smoother and your handling better.

                     Honda Cars - The Best Cheap Sports Car
When someone mentions Honda, people don’t automatically relate the brand to sports cars, as it is more famous
for its normal passenger cars, like the Accord and the Civic. But there are many other high-performance Honda
cars -- the best cheap sports car you can get is in fact also from the Japanese car company.

                                                                                        For passenger cars, the
                                                                                        highly regarded Civic has
                                                                                        two sport versions-- the
                                                                                        Civic Si Sedan and the
                                                                                        Civic Si Coupe. Honda
                                                                                        Motor Co.’s hatchback, the
                                                                                        Honda Fit, also has a sport
                                                                                        version, and the Accord
                                                                                        Coupe is a sports car.
                                                                                        Here’s an overview of why
                                                                                        these cars are the best
                                                                                        affordably priced sports
                                                                                        cars around:

                                                                                     The Honda Fit is the
                                                                                     cheapest among the sports
                                                                                     models of Honda cars -- the
                                                                                     best cheap sports car with
                                                                                     the most affordable price
tag. You can get a Fit Sport with or without a navigation feature. If you get the model with a navigation feature,
you’ll get to experience using the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition, which is
perfect for driving through unfamiliar streets.

If you get a Fit Sport that has an automatic transmission, you’ll get a car whose fuel economy is at 27-city/33-
highway mpg, the same with a Fit Sport with a manual transmission. The Fit Sport has bigger wheels and tires
than the base model. Its steering-wheel paddle shifters also provide great handling. In all other aspects, the Fit
Sport is similar to the base model.

The Honda Civic Si Sedan and the Si Coupe are the same in almost all their features. Only, the Si Coupe’s
length is shorter than that of the Si Sedan, and the Si Sedan has an extra door set. Both models run on six-speed
manual transmission and benefit from engines modelled after that of the Acura TSX. If you aren’t familiar with
Acura, it’s the luxury line of Honda just as Lexus is the luxury line of Toyota. With this, you are assured of the
high quality of the Si models’ performance.

The Civic Si models also benefit from having intelligent Multi-Information Displays or i-MIDs. Monitoring
how much horsepower a Civic Si model generates is just one of the actions that can be done with an i-MID. If
you want to know whether the i-VTEC high-lift camshaft profile of a Civic Si model is on, just check its
Sequential Rev-limit Indicator.

The Honda Accord Coupe also operates on a six-speed manual transmission, but also comes in an automatic
transmission version. The automatic version of this sports car has a fuel efficiency of 22-city/33-highway mpg.
The manual version, meanwhile, has a fuel efficiency of 23-city/32-highway mpg, only a little different from
that of the automatic version.

The Accord Coupe provides a balance between high-quality performance and sophisticated aesthetics. Its
luxurious body design is structured not only for it to look sophisticated but also to protect it and its passengers
from crashes. Safety was on top of Honda engineers’ minds when they built the Accord Coupe using Advanced
Compatibility Engineering.

                                  Honda Cars -Hot Vehicles
Looking into market figures pertaining to the car industry, Japanese manufacturer Honda Motors Co. is one of
the top rankers. In consumer surveys like those in Consumer Reports, the satisfaction of Honda car owners is
evident in the ratings they give their cars. J.D. Power and Associates, a top source of car quality information,
also ranks Honda cars well in its studies, like its Initial Quality StudySM. These rankings and rating can be
attributed to many good qualities of Honda cars -hot vehicles at low prices.

The best-selling Honda vehicles would have to be the Honda Civic and its latest model, the Honda Civic CNG,
also known as the Civic GX might do a lot to boost its popularity more. The Civic CNG, unlike all other Civic
models, is powered by a previously untapped fuel-cell for cars-- compressed natural gas. Cheaper than gasoline,
this alternative fuel may have a shorter driving range, but its low carbon emissions and great price are features
that make it a great car option.

Recognitions from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the US Environmental Protection
Agency and the California Air Resources Board back up the Civic CNG. This car then leads the race when it
comes to which is the cleanest and greenest commercially available automobile. Hopefully, with this, the US
government will make an effort to look for natural gas reserves so that more fuel-filling stations for CNG-
powered vehicles will be put up, as there are only less than 900 across all states.

In 2008, there were Honda cars -hot vehicles that are ground-breaking- that drew some buzz. The Honda FCX
Clarity reached Southern California then, and got a staunch supporter in Hollywood actress Jamie Lee Curtis. In
fact, she got one of the first US models. If you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of this Honda model, it’s
because it’s not being sold commercially. FCX Clarity models have a limited availability. They aren’t even
sold; they are simply leased in Southern California alone.

The Honda FCX Clarity is a hydrogen/electric hybrid and the only hydrogen-fuel stations are in Southern
California. If you’re amazed with the capacity of hybrids like the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight to switch
between using gas and electricity to power its performance, you’d be more amazed with the FCX Clarity. When
running on hydrogen, it doesn’t emit anything that can harm the environment because its only emission is water
vapor. While it’s great for the environment, the FCX Clarity still can’t be mass-produced, although Honda aims
to make it commercially available by 2018.

Many Honda cars that care for Mother Earth have been developed in the past two years. If you want the
familiarity of the Civic and the green technology of a Honda Insight, you can get it in the latest Honda Civic
hybrid released just this year. Of course, if you want a vehicle that’s similar to the Toyota Prius, you can go for
its main competitor-- the Honda Insight, which is cheaper yet offers the same top-notch hybrid quality.

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