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Honda Civic Natural Gas chosen as 2012 Green Car of the Year

Green Car Journal picks the alternatively fueled Honda Civic as its 2012 Green Car of the Year at the 2011 LA Auto Show.

Honda Civic Natural Gas
Green Car Journal picks its 2012 Green Car of the Year at the 2011 LA Auto Show. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

LOS ANGELES--The 2012 Green Car of the Year was announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. It's a 2012 Honda Civic, but it's not the hybrid model.

When the curtain dropped on the stage where the 2012 Green Car of the Year was announced this morning, it was the oft-overlooked 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas that stood before the room full of journalists.

Green Car Journal cites natural gases abundance in the United States, low tailpipe emissions, and lower fuel cost (by about 30 percent) than gasoline among its reasons for selecting the Civic Natural Gas as the winner and makes note that the Civic is "the only assembly-line produced natural gas passenger model manufactured for sale in the United States."

The Civic Natural Gas produces 110 horsepower from its 1.8-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine and has a range of about 240 miles on a full tank. Other contenders for the 2012 award included the Ford Focus Electric, the Mitsubishi i, Toyota's Prius v, and the Volkswagen Passat TDI, all of which are currently on sale or will be by January 1, 2012.

Check out our own First Take on the Civic Natural Gas and let us know in to comments if you think the best car won.