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Jun 22, 2012
Chris Salamone

eBay Listing Commuter Gold: 1972 Honda Z600

Since the first major US oil crisis, of the early 1970s, small cars have rolled into vogue. Of course, Americans still adopt a ‘bigger is better’ mentality, even today, but increased offerings in the subcompact and micro car segments are evidence enough to suggest that fuel efficiency remains to be a major selling factor.

But if purchase price is also an important characteristic, then car consumers must often broaden their search to the pre-owned lot – and economy cars of yesterday. Fortunately for Honda, the company was prophetic enough to produce fuel sippers from the get go.

Like this 1972 Honda Z600, listed on eBay, which is capable of a proclaimed 136 miles per gallon at 30 mph. That’s what we call commuter gold.

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Jun 8, 2012
Chris Salamone

Fit EV Reigns MPG Supreme!

There’s no denying that consumers are fond of the Honda Fit. Time and time again, auto journos rank Honda Fit among the best subcompacts available on the market – despite a virtually un-updated design since 2007. But one of the major drawbacks of Honda’s popular people mover, especially relative to newer subcompacts, is fuel economy. The standard Fit achieves a mere 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, both woefully inadequate in a category of vehicles topped with 40+ mpg stars.

Interestingly, though, the Honda Fit’s mpg inadequacy did not carry over to the incoming 2013 Honda Fit EV. As of today, Honda released a press statement which summed up the findings of the Environmental Protection Agency’s MPG test.

2013 Honda Fit EVs are rated to achieve 118 MPGe with a range of 82 miles, or the highest ever fuel efficiency tested by the EPA.

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May 16, 2012
Chris Salamone

Honda Seeks “Harmonious” Mobility Device

Beginning in June 2012, Honda will start testing the company’s latest electric personal mobility device. UNI-CUB, a seated electric chair, stems from Honda’s originally famous ASIMO robot. But UNI-CUB is a whole different animal…er machine.

For starters, UNI-CUB is a balance controlled vehicle which relies on some fancy multi-directional hoodoo. Drivers can lean in any direction, while plopped down on UNI-CUB’s English-style saddle, and expect the wheels underneath to respond in an appropriately futuristic manner. Honda has pioneered a steering technology called Omni Traction Drive System which allows riders to travel forward, backward, side to side, and diagonally – instead of traditional forward/backward wheels. The system relies on rear wheels which move laterally to facilitate turning and front/rear wheel treads that are capable of different rotational speeds and directions.

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Feb 13, 2012
Chris Weiss

New Mitsubishi i Tops Green List

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its Greenest Vehicles of 2012 list, and the all-new Mitsubishi i (previously and sometimes still called the i-Miev) bumped the Honda Civic Natural Gas from its comfortable place at the top. The i is the first electric car of the new EV era to be recognized as the list topper.

After eight years of reign, the Honda Civic NG is no longer king. The 2012 Mitsubishi i is awarded the ACEEE’s highest score (58) based on its performance in fuel efficiency, tailpipe emissions, emissions from the fuel and vehicle manufacturing processes, and other environmental factors. The i is the first electric vehicle to win the top spot since the GM EV-1 was recognized 12 years ago.

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Nov 25, 2011
Chris Weiss

More Than One Way to Go Green: Honda Civic NG Is ‘Green Car of the Year’


The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf have been busy hogging green car awards around the world since they launched last December. But at this year’s LA Auto Show an obscure vehicle surpassed them and earned the “Green Car of the Year” award. The 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas may not be as well-known or advertised as the Leaf or Volt, but it is the green car of the year.

To be fair, neither the Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf was up for this year’s award. They competed last year, and the Chevy Volt took home the honor. However, the Civic NG did beat out some higher profile competitors including the Ford Focus Electric and Toyota Prius V.

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Nov 18, 2011
Dave Walter

Natural Gas Civic Named Green Car Journal’s Car of the Year

Green Car Journal‘s choice for this year’s “Car of the Year” isn’t the Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf. It’s not the Mitsubishi i, Toyota Prius, Honda Fit EV or Ford’s new Focus Electric either.

According to editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of, Ron Cogan, “There is no other vehicle like the Civic Natural Gas on American highways, and this recognition has been a long time coming for Honda… The Honda Civic Natural Gas is a prime example of an alternative fuel that is viable, efficient and practical, making it worthy of the 2012 Green Car of the Year award,” said Cogan.

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