January 9, 2006
Honda sweeps North American Car and Truck of the Year
Detroit, Michigan – For the first time, one automobile manufacturer has won both North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards. The Honda Civic was named the 2006 North American Car of the Year, while the Honda Ridgeline is the 2006 North American Truck of the Year.
The awards are unique in North American because instead of being given by a single outlet the winners are chosen by 49 automotive journalists representing newspapers, magazines, television shows and web sites in Canada and the United States.
The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. To be eligible vehicles must be “all new” or “substantially changed” from the previous model.
Dozens of new 2006 vehicles were eligible but the jurors whittled the field down to 14 cars and 14 trucks on which they voted.
While the Civic won, second place was the Fusion followed by the Solstice. The winning Ridgeline was followed by the Nissan Xterra in second and the Ford Explorer.