2012 Honda City CNG has been launched

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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