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2009 World Green Car

Honda FCX Clarity Named 2009 World Green Car

New York, NY -- Recognizing Honda's commitment to environmental leadership in the area of alternative fuels and hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology, the Honda FCX Clarity was declared the 2009 World Green Car.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. president and CEO Takeo Fukui takes some of the initial FCX Clarity customers for a quick drive during a ceremony on June 16, 2008, for the start of production. The ceremony took place at the world's first dedicated fuel cell vehicle manufacturing facility, located in Tochigi, Japan. At a New York International Auto Show press conference on April 9, 2009, the Honda FCX Clarity was chosen from an initial entry list of 22 contenders nominated by 59 World Car jurors from 25 countries worldwide. The award was presented to Steve Center, vice president of National Marketing Operations for American Honda, Torrance, CA.

The FCX Clarity, a sleekly styled hydrogen fuel cell-powered sedan currently available on a limited lease-basis, is powered by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated by an on-board fuel cell stack. The vehicle's only emission is water, and its fuel efficiency is up to three times that of a modern gasoline-powered automobile and two times that of a gasoline-powered hybrid vehicle.

The World Green Car awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and reward automotive excellence on an international scale.

The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker or other commercial enterprise.

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