published Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Honda edges Chattanooga-made VW Passat diesel for Green Car of the Year

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    Honda Motor Co.'s vehicles are on display at the automaker's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, in this file photo.
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The 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas vehicle - the only factory-built, CNG-powered car produced in America - was named 2012 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.

VW Chattanooga-made Passat diesel was one of five finalists along with the Civic. Others were the Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i, and Toyota Prius v.

Making the green call were the editors of The Green Car Journal joined by representatives of major environmental groups and automotive enthusiasts. Among those were Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club; Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; comedian Jay Leno and car designer Carroll Shelby.

The 2012 Civic Natural Gas went on sale on Oct. 18 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at $26,155.

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Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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eurekbennison said...

Good thing to know that these two giant auto makes aren't competing for income but merging for good. Honda as a reputable dealership of vehicles and discount auto parts have surpassed the peak of their success as seen today. On the other hand, the launching of Passat was also successful as seen on the commercial several months ago.

February 20, 2012 at 9:28 p.m.
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