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Today the California Air Resources Board released a pair of documents pertaining to the 2016 Civic Sedan. Oddly enough both documents detail the 2.0L.

The first document lists the 2.0L with the CVT a 6 speed. No surprises. The second lists the 2.0 with only the CVT.

Once we compared the two documents side by side an interesting dichotomy appeared.

The 2.0L listed with CVT and M6 is categorized as LEV3 ULEV125. LEV3 is the current exhaust emissions regulations, ULEV is an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle.



Now where it gets interesting is the second document which categorizes the 2.0L as LEV3 SULEV30. SULEV is a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle, the last category for combustion vehicles before PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles) and ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicles).
CARB says SULEVS "will only emit a single pound of hydrocarbons during 100,000 miles of driving-about the same as spilling a pint of gasoline"



Could we be looking at an early confirmation of a Civic Hybrid, or potentially a high efficiency trim? We're not sure yet, but we're working on it. Stay tuned for updates as the day goes on!

UPDATE:

This is definitely not a confirmation of a Civic Hybrid, it would of fallen into the PZEV category. Our best guess at this point is Honda will bring back the Civic Eco.

The SULEV 2.0 is fully compliant with LEV3 evaporative emission regulation. LEV3 evaporative emission regulation introduces zero-evaporative emission standards across all vehicle classes by 2022. The ULEV 2.0 falls under LEV2 evaporative emission regulations.

It's also possible that the SULEV 2.0 will not be sold in all markets or even regions of the same market. It could be a High-Efficiency Eco model exclusive to the West Coast for instance.
 

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Even the current Civic has different ratings depending on where it is sold. 2015 Civic CARB rating footnote: [1] CVT models are PZEV-rated in California and states that have adopted California Zero-Emission Vehicle regulations. CVT models in non-CARB states and MT models in all 50 states are ULEV-2-rated.

Good find, but it doesn't indicate any special model in this case.
 

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Civic Eco? That sounds boring to drive. I would rather have a Civic that has an Eco mode but you still have the option of having fun.
 

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Civic Eco? That sounds boring to drive. I would rather have a Civic that has an Eco mode but you still have the option of having fun.
That may not be the case to the majority buying it, to them a name like that fits into their whole idea of doing their part for the world.
 

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That may not be the case to the majority buying it, to them a name like that fits into their whole idea of doing their part for the world.
That makes it seem like the value of this model is a shiny badge on the back that says "eco" and maybe it is punctuated with a green leaf.
 

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I mean it would sell well in California. Maybe some other places. Maybe it will be cheaper than an EV, but still quite eco-friendly. That could be a great way to allow more people to be environmentally friendly even if they can't afford an EV.
 
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