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Honda Civic Natural Gas named 2012 Green Car of the Year
17/11/2011 – LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The all-new 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas – the only factory-built, compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered car produced in America – was named 2012 Green Car of the Year® at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The award was presented to Honda by the editors of Green Car Journal representing a diverse panel of environmental experts and automotive enthusiasts who annually select a single vehicle for its outstanding environmental performance.
“The Civic Natural Gas is not only a great vehicle, it also demonstrates Honda’s commitment to provide a variety of alternatives to gasoline,” said Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The Civic Natural Gas and the all-new Fit EV that we introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show are the latest additions to a rapidly expanding family of alternative energy Honda vehicles aimed at cutting petroleum use and reducing our carbon footprint.”

To support growing consumer interest in alternative-fuel vehicles, Honda is expanding its retail network of Civic Natural Gas retail outlets to 200 dealers in 36 states. Previously, retail sales of the natural gas-powered Civic had been limited to four states – California, New York, Utah and Oklahoma. The 2012 Civic Natural Gas went on sale on October 18 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price1 (MSRP) starting at $26,155.

With multiple benefits including lower fuel costs and extremely low smog-forming emissions, the 2012 Civic Natural Gas currently qualifies for a state-issued decal allowing single-occupant access to High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) “carpool” lanes in California and several other states.

The Civic Natural Gas engine produces almost zero smog-forming emissions and is the cleanest internal-combustion vehicle certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Featuring new styling, enhanced feature content and increased fuel economy, the redesigned 2012 Civic Natural Gas can now be equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System featuring an exclusive database of publicly accessible CNG refueling stations across the United States.

All Civic Natural Gas models are produced by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) using domestic and globally sourced parts.  HMIN is the recipient of a 2011 Platinum Award for quality from J.D. Power and Associates.  In addition to being named 2012 Green Car of the Year, previous versions of the CNG-powered Civic have topped the “greenest vehicle” rankings of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for eight straight years.

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Honda Aircraft Company to Build New HondaJet Aircraft Maintenance Facility in Greensboro, North Carolina
LAS VEGAS, NV, U.S.A., October 10, 2011 – Honda Aircraft Company, along with senior officials from the State of North Carolina and the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, recently announced Honda’s selection of Greensboro, North Carolina, as the location for its new HondaJet Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility. The company will invest an additional $20 million to build the new MRO facility, bringing its total capital investment for construction of its North Carolina facilities to more than $120 million.

Honda Aircraft made the announcement at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention, the world’s largest business aviation annual event, held this year in Las Vegas, while North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue and Triad area officials made a simultaneous announcement in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Honda Aircraft’s MRO facility will provide services for HondaJet owners that complement the services they receive at facilities across its HondaJet dealer network in North America and Europe. These services include heavy maintenance services, such as extensive repair or overhaul work best provided by the aircraft OEM. This MRO plan demonstrates Honda Aircraft’s focus on providing an unsurpassed ownership service experience for HondaJet customers from the very first customer delivery.

“We intend to offer HondaJet customers an overall ownership experience that is second to none in business aviation and one that is commensurate with all the best attributes of Honda,” said Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company.

The selection of North Carolina also underscores Honda’s continued, significant investment in the HondaJet program, and its commitment to the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina.

“After a rigorous evaluation of various site alternatives, we concluded that we could best serve our customers and complement HondaJet dealer service facilities by placing our MRO facility here in North Carolina, where we are delighted to begin writing this next chapter of our growth,” said Fujino. “This will also reinforce Honda’s contribution and support to continue developing the aviation and aerospace cluster in the Piedmont Triad Region.”

Honda Aircraft will expand its already substantial presence at the Greensboro Piedmont Triad Airport (PTI) with this new MRO facility. The MRO facility will be an expansion of the company’s World Headquarters campus, where its state-of-the-art R&D, Manufacturing and Headquarter buildings today encompass more than 500,000 square feet of space on approximately 80 acres.

“Honda’s decision to expand their Greensboro facility validates the strength and vitality of our aviation cluster, and their plan to invest an additional $80 million and create 419 more high-paying jobs demonstrates Honda’s commitment to our community and to the entire State of North Carolina,” said Dan Lynch, President of the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance. “We have 180 aerospace companies in the state employing more than 9,500 workers, but Honda Aircraft Company is the crown jewel.”

“My top priority is creating jobs and it’s clear that we’ve got momentum when global companies like Honda Aircraft Company decide to expand operations in North Carolina,” said Gov. Perdue. “North Carolina is attractive to companies because of our skilled workforce and excellent business climate. This will enhance our aerospace cluster in the Triad.”

“No matter where I go in North Carolina, the issue everyone talks to me about is jobs,” commented U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. “That is why today’s announcement is so important for North Carolina and for Greensboro. I am thrilled that Honda Aircraft will be bringing an additional 400-plus high-paying jobs to Greensboro.”

Honda Aircraft has leased 54 additional acres at PTI Airport. The new MRO facility will make use of 20 of these acres. With current and future expansion, Honda Aircraft is leasing more than 130 acres at PTI Airport.

Design of the MRO facility, which is expected to encompass more than 80,000 square feet, will be finalized in the first quarter of 2012, with construction scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2012, and occupancy to begin in the first half of 2013. This timing supports the HondaJet’s scheduled certification and entry into service in mid-2013.

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Honda at the 2011 EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan

Honda Crosstourer

November 7, 2011 – Honda reveals the new Crosstourer, new Integra and two new mid-sized machines the NC700X and NC700S at EICMA 2011. The uniquely comprehensive Honda 2012 line-up ranges from a 50cc scooter to a 1800cc luxury tourer.

The new models cover a huge range of rider needs and styles. Highlights include:

The Crosstourer: an adventure sports tourer which takes Honda’s unique V4 heritage in a new direction. Unveiled as a concept model in 2010, the Crosstourer’s 1200cc engine, adventure styling, long suspension travel, upright riding position, Traction Control System, Combined ABS and optional Dual Clutch Transmission make it a formidable all-round package.

The Integra: a new machine offering the stability and dynamic ride of a motorcycle, with the protection, comfort and look of a large scooter, plus Dual Clutch Transmission and an all-new highly fuel efficient, high torque 670cc engine.

Honda Integra

Two new fun and affordable mid-sized machines – the NC700X and NC700S: These machines offer easy fun handling in a crossover and naked styling respectively for both commuting and weekend use.

Honda NC700S

Honda NC700X

The expansion of Honda’s range of Dual Clutch Transmission models to five machines: the VFR1200F (upgraded for 2012), Crosstourer, Integra (the first model to have the system as standard), NC700X and NC700S. First released on sale in 2010 for the VFR1200F, Dual Clutch Transmission offers seamless shifting in both its manual and its two automatic modes.

Three stylish and affordable machines offering fun mobility: the Vision 50, Honda’s first all-new 50cc model for Europe for nearly ten years, which complements the 110cc Vision released earlier this year, plus the Wave 110i, whose lineage can be traced back to the 60million plus selling Super Cub.

Upgrades to two genuinely iconic flagship machines – the GL1800 Gold Wing luxury tourer, boasting a 36 year history, and the 20th anniversary edition of the CBR1000RR Fireblade super sports classic.

In addition to a total of 7 new models (Integra, NC700X, NC700S, Crosstourer, Vision 50, Vision, and Wave110i), 6 upgraded machines (CBR1000RR Fireblade, GL1800 Gold Wing, VFR1200F, CFR450R, CRF250R and CRF150R), a total of 16 models will be offered with new colours.

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