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March 27, 2002

Hybrid Electric Honda Civic Hits Dealerships This Week

American Honda Motor Company announced last week that the new Civic Hybrid is expected to begin arriving at dealerships this week. The manual 5-speed version of the sedan, which combines a gasoline engine with an electric motor and a battery pack, has earned a fuel economy rating of 46 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 51 mpg on the highway. The vehicle will also be available with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which has earned city/highway fuel economy ratings of 48/47 mpg. Honda expects to sell 2,000 Civic Hybrids per month and will make the vehicle available at all of its U.S. dealerships. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Civic Hybrid is $19,550 for the manual transmission and $20,550 for the CVT version. See the Honda press release.

If you want to find other high-mileage cars that achieve low air emissions, you're in luck: the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released the 2002 version of its "Green Book," an environmental guide to cars and trucks, last month. Although the full "Green Book" is only available for a fee, the highlights are available online for free at