2012 Honda City CNG has been launched
The 2012 Honda City CNG has been launched in Thailand, becoming the first Honda car to be powered by compressed natural gas. It uses the same 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine as the City facelift just launched in Malaysia, but with the added option of running on CNG, while complying with Euro 4 emission standards.
The Honda City CNG is lower in carbon emissions and cheaper to run, but there is a catch: Thai buyers will have to settle for less power, 102 HP and 127 Nm compared with 120 HP and 145 Nm on the petrol-driven City.
To address concerns of carrying a 65-litre tankful of compressed natural gas, there are safety features built in, including an electronic safety control box and a solid cross bar supporting the CNG tank. A “unique suspension design” is presumably installed to counter the extra weight over the rear wheels.
Produced at Honda’s Ayutthaya plant, the City CNG costs 659,000 baht (RM65K) for the S version or 706,000 baht (RM70K) for the V version. The warranty is unchanged at three-year/100,000km, though first-time car buyers of the City CNG are eligible for a tax rebate under a government scheme to promote eco-conscious cars. Enjoy the 2012 Honda City CNG official gallery below! -livelifedrive