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Another alternative coming to car show

Selling cars powered by natural gas to American drivers is no small challenge for Honda Motor Co. Natural-gas stations are few and far between, and until recently the vehicles were nearly as expensive to fuel up as their gasoline-powered counterparts.

Now gasoline prices are up, and motorists can buy a device that allows them to get natural gas fill-ups at home. As a result, Honda plans to expand sales of the natural gas Civic GX next year to major cities around the country, according to an Associated Press article on Page M9 of today's Money section.

Many of those who buy natural gas cars aren't driven by their pocketbooks, although several states — including Utah — offer tax credits for owners of the vehicles. Instead, they like the idea of having a cutting-edge car that's less polluting and doesn't rely on foreign oil for fuel.