Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. has launched its first compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the Honda City. The Euro 4 compliant City is equipped with an i-VTEC 1.5-liter bi-fuel engine that can operate on either Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or gasoline. The engine delivers 102 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and maximum torque of 146Nm and 4800 rpm. The car has an electronic fuel injection system that will automatically cut gas supply in an emergency and front suspension specifically designed for the CNG model.
CNG is stored near the gasoline fuel tank, with full capacity of 65 litres. Fuel indicators for both fuels are incorporated into the dashboard with fuel switching by the press of a button.
Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Executive Vice President for Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd., explained that the 1497cc 4-cylinder bi-fuel engine qualifies for a BHT 100,000 (USD 3,200) first-car refund. The Honda City CNG is now available at Honda showrooms across Thailand, priced from BHT 659,000 for the S CNG model and BHT 706,000 for the V CNG model (USD 21,000 and 22,500 respectively).
According to Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn, the new Honda City CNG fits within the manufacturer’s corporate environmental “Blue Skies” vision and is part of Honda’s global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% across all product lines by 2020, compared with base year 2000.
(This article primarily compiled using information from a Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd press release)
Editor’s note – Honda will be giving a presentation on the development of this vehicle at NGV Global 2012 in Mexico City this November (7-10).