Honda Civic: Top Car of 2006
Toyota might be closing in on General Motors to become the world’s largest seller of automobiles, but it is their Japanese competitor Honda which is taking the applauds. The new model of their flagship model Honda Civic has really impressed the auto experts and it has now taken the award for the 2006 Car of the Year from Motor Trend magazine.
Interestingly, the magazine awarded all the four variants of this updated model, which includes the sedan, a coupe, a high-performance model called the Si and a gasoline-electric hybrid. Motor Trend’s editor in chief, Angus MacKenzie, said in a statement: “Honda deserves a standing ovation for not playing it safe again.â€
he added: “The engineering passion that Honda was founded on radiates from these new Civics.” the magazine put the cars through two weeks of track testing, performance drives and walk-around appraisals. The winners were chosen on value, standing in its class and significant developments.
Motor Trend said in their statement: “With their bold, contemporary styling and innovative technology, the new Civics are primed for success in one of the most competitive market segments in the country.â€ Some of the other cars in the competition were Audi A3, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac DTS, Chevrolet HHR, Dodge Charger, Ford Fusion, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Pontiac Solstice, Toyota Avalon and the Volkswagen Jetta and Passat.