Honda Announces Pricing For First Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle; Insight Earns First-Ever Sierra Club Award

7 January 2000

Honda Announces Pricing For First Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle; Insight Earns First-Ever Sierra Club Award
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7 -- The 2000 Honda Accord model certified
to meet California's new Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) standard
will have a price of $23,200, just $100 more than the model it replaces when
it goes on sale this month, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced today at
a press conference prior to the opening of the Los Angeles International Auto
Show.

    The Accord EX model will be the first car sold to have received SULEV
certification.  The new SULEV requirements are the most stringent in the world
and part of the California LEV-II exhaust emission standards that go into
effect beginning with the 2004 model year.  The California Air Resources Board
(CARB) says a SULEV engine emits only 2.3 pounds of ozone forming hydrocarbons
during 100,000 miles of driving, about the same as spilling a quart of
gasoline, and an 86 percent reduction compared to a LEV rated vehicle.

    In addition to the SULEV announcement, the Honda Insight was recognized by
the Sierra Club with the first product award in the organization's 108-year
history, the "Sierra Club Award for Excellence in Environmental Engineering."

    The Insight went on sale in December and is the first gasoline-electric
hybrid car to be sold in the U.S.  It received the highest mileage ratings
ever from the EPA, 61 mpg in the city and 70 mpg highway.  The Insight also
earned an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) rating from CARB.

    "This is an award for a real car that real people can buy and use," said
Carl Pope, Sierra Club executive director in making the presentation.  "We
want people to know there are environmentally sound alternatives readily
available.  In this case, Honda built a great car and has committed to
marketing the Insight in all 50 states."

    Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda, said, "Both the
SULEV Accord and the Insight are examples of Honda's long-standing commitment
to bringing advances in automotive environmental technology to the marketplace
as soon as technically feasible.  It is a real honor for the Insight to be
recognized with the Sierra Club's first award for Environmental Engineering."

    The SULEV Accord and Insight are the latest in a series of environmental
firsts for Honda.  Honda was the first to introduce a gasoline-powered vehicle
meeting California's LEV standard and the first to voluntarily sell LEVs
nationwide.  With the 1998 Accord, Honda was also the first automaker to sell
a gasoline-powered vehicle meeting California's ULEV standard.  The natural
gas powered Civic GX also has received SULEC certification.



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