Modern car design should take people's well-being and the environment into account. This includes consideration for those outside of cars as well as in them. Such is the thinking behind Honda Clean Air Vehicles, which are designed through Honda's advanced technology and proprietary systems to take advantage of various energy sources and reduce negative impact on the environment. Honda's LEV (Low Emission Vehicle) reduces harmful gasoline engine emissions to 10% that of standard rates, while Honda's EV runs on electricity and the NGV runs on natural gas. It is Honda's hope that these developments will hasten the return of clean air around the world. Environmental protection has always been a Honda priority. Back in 1972, Honda's low-pollution CVCC engine became the first to satisfy the requirements of the U.S. Muskey Act, the world's most stringent emission control law. Similarly, in 1995, the Civic DX and LX (California models) became the first gasoline-powered cars to meet strict California LEV standards which required a major reduction in harmful emissions. Honda Clean Air Vehicles are just another example of how Honda, throughout its history, has been a global leader in lowering emissions and raising fuel efficiency. Honda responds to the full scope of society's needs, addressing not only health and environmental issues, but also the needs of the physically challenged. The StepWagon Almus, premiering in this year's motor show, features a seat elevation system that offers much appreciated assistance. Just as earlier versions of the StepWagon expanded people's horizons, the Almus will open up new lifestyle opportunities for more individuals. Honda cars are for all people, not just particular types of people. This is another element of Honda's approach to thoughtful design.


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