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Honda to Make Natural Gas Civic in Indiana


National Green News
November 18, 2008


In dedicating its new Indiana plant this week, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. officials
also announced the facility will begin producing a compressed natural
gas-powered car next year.

The automaker said its Greensburg-based Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC arm,
which began production in October, will turn out a natural-gas powered vehicle
dubbed the Honda Civic GX next year. Honda didn’t disclose how many of the
vehicles the plant will be producing or when production will start.

The company said the vehicle will be the world’s only compressed natural-gas
powered passenger car.

At the Greensburg plant, about 1,000 employees working on one shift produce
Honda Civic sedans with four-cylinder engines. Engines for the plant are made at
Honda’s plant in Anna, northwest of Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.’s
Marysville headquarters. The Anna plant serves as the North American hub of the
company’s engine operations.

A second shift is expected to begin next year and eventually employ 2,000,
allowing the plant to produce 200,000 vehicles a year. The Greensburg plant also
will be taking on Civic production previously housed at Honda’s East Liberty
plant early next year as part of a number of changes to the automaker’s
production operations.

 

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