U.S.-built Civic GX outsold all NGV brands in Japan in 2013.
TOKYO – Despite bullish forecasts elsewhere, the outlook for natural-gas-powered vehicles inside Japan is not promising. “Japanese automakers see no real cost merit for switching away from gasoline and diesel,” says Nobuo Iwai, senior research executive at the New Energy Development Technology Organization. “The business model isn’t there.” There is skepticism because of Japan’s strength in hybrid and electric vehicles, coupled with the ...
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