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The Wheel Thing: Can Tesla and Honda help us forget VW?

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The 2016 Civic offers a turbocharged 1.5 liter engine that could make an option for drivers looking for a green-friendly car that has a little punch.
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The 2016 Civic offers a turbocharged 1.5 liter engine that could make an option for drivers looking for a green-friendly car that has a little punch.

Helping take the acrid taste of the VW scandal from the palettes of green-but-fun car fans, Tesla and Honda come to the rescue.

In the two weeks since its jaw-dropping admission of an elaborate emissions cheat, Volkswagen has fired executives, installed new ones who promise to clean up the carmaker's act, and become the target of more class action suits than can be counted.

The Wheel Thing doyenne, motor critic

, has the latest on VWgate, tempered with some good news for fans of green cars that are fun to drive. Tesla's crossover SUX is - finally - here, and Honda has hopped up its venerable Civic with a new turbocharged power plant that's amazingly clean without losing its punch.

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