The new Honda Civic has won the title of North America’s Car of the Year at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
The fantastic Civic held off tough competition from the Mazda Miata and the Chevrolet Malibu to clinch the top award on Monday. The award becomes the second the Civic has won, picking up best car back in 2006.
Chevy were the early favourites to pick up the award, with three cars in the initial top 10 long list for the award, however, the excellent Honda rose above the rest to pip the American manufacturer to the title.
The other big award up for grabs was the best Truck Utility Vehicle of the year which was picked up by the Volvo XC90.
All of the winners at this year’s auto show were selected by automotive journalists from the United States and Canada from print, television and radio backgrounds.
Following the victory, Executive Vice President of American Honda John Mandel said: “This is particularly sweet for our development team and associates who did an incredible job with this car.”
“It’s almost 10 years to the day since we since we stood on this stage and accepted the award for the 2006 Civic and it’s great affirmation of the vehicle that we have done it again.
He also added that while it is great to enjoy the victory, there is now “added pressure” on the current team already working on the next Civic model to do it again.
The Detroit Auto Show is the largest in North America and this year runs from the 11th to 24th of January.
European Car of the Year
Despite picking up this prestigious award, the new Honda Civic has not even been shortlisted for the European Car of the Year award which will take place on 29th February 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show
However, this is seemingly not because the Civic isn’t good enough, but because of its release date. The European award states that to qualify, a car must either already be on the market or set for release by the end of the year across five different markets.
While the new Honda Civic will be released in the United States in November, it won’t be in European markets until 2017.
Runner up from the US award the Mazda MX5 Miata and Utility Truck winner the Volvo XC90 are both in for the European award since their release dates fit in the required timescale.
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