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Chevy To Offer ‘Bi-Fuel’ Cavaliers

April 16, 1998

WARREN, Mich. (AP) _ Chevrolet said Thursday it will begin selling Cavalier cars that run on compressed natural gas and gasoline.

The so-called ``bi-fuel″ Cavaliers have two separate fuel tanks and can go 160 miles on natural gas before switching to gasoline for an additional 400 miles, the General Motors Corp. division said.

The natural gas options on Cavaliers will cost $5,800, but that cost can be partially offset through tax breaks and incentives from local utilities, Chevrolet said. Prices on regular Cavalier coupes start at $12,110.

GM spokesman Dan Hubbert said production of the special Cavaliers will start in June and the models will go on sale soon after that.

Hubbert declined to say exactly how many of the bi-fuel models the automaker planned to sell, but that it would likely be a low number because the car is coming out late in the model year. Last year, Chevrolet sold 302,161 Cavaliers.

The car is certified to meet low-emission vehicle standards in all 50 states, Chevrolet said.

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