2016 Honda Civic Named North American Car of the Year in Detroit
The “Year of Honda” may have come to a close last month, but 2016 is starting to look like it may be a banner year for the automaker, as well. After earning plaudits from AutoGuide and the Hispanic Motor Press, the 2016 Honda Civic has picked up its most prestigious title yet, having now been named the 2016 North American Car of the Year by journalists at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
This is the second time the Civic has earned this honor, after the 2006 Civic swept the awards alongside the 2006 Ridgeline, which was named that year’s Truck of the Year. In total, eleven Hondas have been finalists for the NACOTY awards since they began in 1994.
“The all-new Civic was developed and is built in North America, making this North American Car of the Year win even sweeter,” said Honda Division senior vice president and general manager Jeff Conrad. “Civic is a cornerstone of the Honda lineup, and we’re delighted that the automotive press has recognized the new levels of styling, performance, advanced technology, safety and value that characterize the new Civic.”
A group of 53 international automotive journalists from the United States and Canada decided upon this year’s North American Car of the Year Award. The honor recognizes a car’s achievements in the areas of innovation, design, safety performance, handling, driver satisfaction and value, and the trophy is presented in Detroit at the start of each NAIAS.
This year’s North American Truck of the Year Award was given to the Volvo XC90.