2006 Honda Civic Si: Automotive Innovation at its Best, Complemented with Honda Parts from Parts Train

Written by Jenny McLane

Designed as an "Advanced Personal Compact,"repparttar next-generation Si will incorporate flowing bodywork, a steeply angled windshield, and wide stance to suggest stability and forward motion. The new Si will berepparttar 145462 fastest and most powerful Civic offered in its twenty-year history. The 2006 Civic lineup, launching this fall, will include a 4-door Sedan, a 2-door Coupe and Si Coupe, an even more fuel efficient Civic Hybrid and a natural-gas powered Civic GX.

The Civic Si Concept builds on its performance heritage with a 200-horsepower, 16-valve, and DOHC i-VTEC engine with an 8,000-rpm red line, mated to a close ratio 6-speed manual transmission. Helping to put all that power torepparttar 145463 ground is a helical-type limited slip differential for improved launch traction and cornering performance. A 200-horsepower 16-valve i-VTEC engine powersrepparttar 145464 2006 Si. Honda sources indicate that next-generation i-VTEC technology will have significant gains in performance and fuel economy. A six-speed transmission will give drivers manual control of shift points up torepparttar 145465 engine's redline of 8000 rpm, and a helical-type limited-slip differential will enhance traction and cornering ability. The Si Concept includes performance features such as 18-inch cast aluminum wheels with 225/40R high performance tires, and 4-wheel disc brakes with large cross-drilled brake rotors. "The 2006 Civic Si Coupe will berepparttar 145466 most powerful, fastest and fun-to-drive Si we've ever put onrepparttar 145467 street, andrepparttar 145468 Civic Si Concept setsrepparttar 145469 direction in terms of its styling, package and performance," said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda. "It's part of a new family of Civic vehicles that build onrepparttar 145470 already class-leading values ofrepparttar 145471 Civic in terms of safety, styling, performance and fuel efficiency."

"Gas-Saving" Products: Fact or Fuelishness?

Written by Pierre Schexneider M. Ed.

"Gas-Saving" Products: Fact or Fuelishness? By Pierre Schexneider M. Ed.

Gas prices are up, and so isrepparttar volume of advertising for "gas-saving" products. When gasoline prices rise, consumers often look for ways to improve fuel efficiency. Although there are practical steps you can take to increase gas mileage,repparttar 145267 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns you to be wary of any gas-saving claims for automotive devices or oil and gas additives. Even forrepparttar 145268 few gas-saving products that have been found to work,repparttar 145269 savings have been small.

"Gas-Saving" Advertising Claims

Be skeptical ofrepparttar 145270 following kinds of advertising claims.

"This gas-saving product improves fuel economy by 20 percent."

Claims usually tout savings ranging from 12 to 25 percent. However,repparttar 145271 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has evaluated or tested more than 100 alleged gas-saving devices and has not found any product that significantly improves gas mileage. In fact, some "gas-saving" products may damage a car's engine or cause substantial increases in exhaust emissions.

The gas-saving products onrepparttar 145272 market fall into clearly defined categories. Althoughrepparttar 145273 EPA has not tested or evaluated every product, it has tried to examine at least one product in each category. See "Devices Tested by EPA" atrepparttar 145274 end of this brochure for category descriptions and product names.

"After installing your product on my car, I got an extra 4 miles [6.4 kilometers] per gallon [3.8 liters]."

Many ads feature glowing testimonials by satisfied customers. Yet, few consumers haverepparttar 145275 ability orrepparttar 145276 equipment to test for precise changes in gas mileage after installing a gas-saving product. Many variables affect fuel consumption, including traffic, road and weather conditions, andrepparttar 145277 car's condition.

For example, one consumer sent a letter to a company praising its "gas-saving" product. Atrepparttar 145278 timerepparttar 145279 product was installed, however,repparttar 145280 consumer also had received a complete engine tune-up - a fact not mentioned inrepparttar 145281 letter. The entire increase in gas mileage attributed torepparttar 145282 "gas-saving" product may well have beenrepparttar 145283 result ofrepparttar 145284 tune-up alone. But fromrepparttar 145285 ad, other consumers could not have known that.

"This gas-saving device is approved byrepparttar 145286 Federal government."

No government agency endorses gas-saving products for cars. The most that can be claimed in advertising is thatrepparttar 145287 EPA has reached certain conclusions about possible gas savings by testingrepparttar 145288 product or by evaluatingrepparttar 145289 manufacturer's own test data. Ifrepparttar 145290 seller claims that its product has been evaluated byrepparttar 145291 EPA, ask for a copy ofrepparttar 145292 EPA report, or check www.epa.gov for information. In some instances, false claims of EPA testing or approval have been made.

Product Complaints and Refunds

If you're dissatisfied with a gas-saving product, contactrepparttar 145293 manufacturer and ask for a refund. Most companies offer money-back guarantees. Contactrepparttar 145294 company, even ifrepparttar 145295 guarantee period has expired.

If you're not satisfied withrepparttar 145296 company's response, contact your local or state consumer protection agency orrepparttar 145297 Better Business Bureau.

EPA Evaluation Efforts

The EPA evaluates or tests products to determine whether their use will result in any significant improvement or detriment to fuel economy. However,repparttar 145298 EPA cannot say what effect gas-saving products will have on a vehicle over time because it hasn't conducted any durability tests. It's possible that some products may harmrepparttar 145299 car or may otherwise adversely affect its performance. In fact, today's vehicles' emission control systems are very sophisticated and complex. They have On Board Diagnostic features that alertrepparttar 145300 driver to problems associated withrepparttar 145301 emission control and fuel delivery systems. Retrofit products may have an adverse effect on these systems.

Devices Tested by EPA

The following list categorizes various types of "gas-saving" products, explains how they're used and gives product names. Those with asterisks may save measurable, but small, amounts of gas. All others have been found not to increase fuel economy.

Air Bleed Devices: These devices bleed air intorepparttar 145302 carburetor. They usually are installed inrepparttar 145303 Positive Crankcase Ventilation line or as a replacement for idle-mixture screws.

The EPA has evaluatedrepparttar 145304 following products: ADAKS Vacuum Breaker Air Bleed; Air-Jet Air Bleed; Aquablast Wyman Valve Air Bleed; Auto-Miser; Ball-Matic Air Bleed; Berg Air Bleed; Brisko PCV; Cyclone-Z; Econo Needle Air Bleed; Econo-Jet Air Bleed Idle Screws; Fuel Max*; Gas Saving Device; Grancor Air Computer; Hot Tip; Landrum Mini-Carb; Landrum Retrofit Air Bleed; Mini Turbocharger Air Bleed; Monocar HC Control Air Bleed; Peterman Air Bleed; Pollution Master Air Bleed; Ram-Jet; Turbo-Dyne G.R. Valve.

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