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Honda Civic named 2016 North American Car of the Year

Monday, January 11 2016 11:43 AM
By Roger Scholfield
Honda Civic named 2016 North American Car of the Year

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS: January 11, 2016

DETROIT -- The Honda Civic today was named the 2016 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show, while the Volvo XC90 took home top truck honors.

Both models are repeat winners, with the Civic winning the best car award in 2006 and the XC90 winning Truck of the Year in 2003.

It was the third time since the awards were launched in 1993 that domestic automakers were shut out from the awards.

Honda swept the awards with the Civic and Ridgeline in 2006, while Land Rover and Hyundai won in 2012.

The winners were chosen by a jury of 53 automotive journalists from a group of three finalists in each category. A vehicle must be redesigned or substantially changed in order to be eligible for the award.

The Civic beat out the Chevrolet Malibu and Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Civic received 203 votes, edging out the Malibu’s 181 points and the MX-5 Miata’s 146 votes.

“It builds on everything the Civic has always been,” said American Honda Executive Vice President John Mendel. “It’s known for fuel economy, for safety, for durability. And we’ve amped all those things up with this vehicle.”

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