AUTOS: Honda Comes Clean

Japan's Honda Motor Co., the mighty mite of motorcycles, leaped into the lead of the auto industry's clean-air derby last week. The firm's new low-pollution auto engine became the first ever to pass all the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's emission control criteria for 1975, standards that the Detroit leviathans have tirelessly argued could not be met in time. Honda immediately informed the EPA that it is breaking ranks with most other car producers and would no longer seek a one-year postponement of the 1975 requirements. Company officials say that their compact car, the Civic, now marketed only in Japan,...

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