Indiana Auto Plant (IAP) today marked the start of mass production of the all-new 2012 Civic Natural Gas as it moves to increase production of the alternative-fuel Civic to support an expanding network of certified Civic Natural Gas dealers across the U.S. Engines for the Civic Natural Gas will continue to be supplied by Honda’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio.
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IAP will ramp-up production of the Civic Natural Gas (formerly the Civic GX) during the 2012 model year to meet anticipated increasing demand for alternative-fuel vehicles. The added production will support Honda’s growing network of U.S. Honda dealers qualified to provide retail sales and service support for the Civic Natural Gas, expanding from 72 Honda dealers in four states to nearly 200 dealers in 36 states, including one new Honda dealer in Indiana.
The 2012 Civic Natural Gas is powered by the cleanest internal combustion engine ever certified by the U.S. EPA and is the only OEM-made natural gas vehicle available for retail purchase in America. It is part of Honda’s growing portfolio of advanced environmental technology vehicles which include three hybrid models, the world’s most advanced fuel cell electric vehicle, the FCX Clarity, and the Fit EV electric vehicle and a Honda plug-in hybrid car, both launching in 2012. The fully redesigned 2012 Civic Natural Gas model goes on-sale October 18, 2011, with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $26,155.
“We’re extremely proud Indiana is the home for this all-new Civic Natural Gas,” said Jun Nishimoto, IAP President. “As the sole producers of the Civic Natural Gas, our associates in Greensburg are making an important contribution to Honda’s global effort to reduce CO2 emissions and advance the deployment of vehicles that can help the transition away from gasoline to cleaner and more sustainable alternative fuels.”
Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana, plant is one of only three auto plants globally to earn a Platinum Award for quality from J.D. Power and Associates in 2011. The plant began production of the all-new 2012 Civic Sedan in April of this year and reached full, one-shift production of new Civic Sedans in early September, following the parts supply disruption caused by the earthquake in Japan in March.
IAP is now making final preparations to double its capacity, from 100,000 to 200,000 vehicles annually, with the start of two-shift production on October 24, 2011. IAP has hired nearly 1,000 new associates to support the move to two-shift production.