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Wednesday, 1 March, 2000, 18:01 GMT
Honda unveils pollution busting car


A new car has gone on display at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland which promises to put an end to the worldwide problem of traffic pollution.

The FCX car, developed by Honda of Japan, is powered by a special fuel cell running on methanol -- a type of alcohol; its the same technology used for the NASA Space Shuttle.

The car's only by-products are water and carbon dioxide.

Unlike other attempts to produce environmentally-friendly vehicles, the FCX will match the speed and range of traditional petrol-based cars with a top speed of a-hundred-and-thirty-kilometres per hour.

Honda says the first commercial models could be available within four years -- although the price will be high.

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