American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced that the all-new Honda Civic earned Motor Trend magazine's prestigious 2006 Car of the Year award. The award extends to the entire Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe lineup including the environmentally responsible Civic Hybrid and high-performance Civic Si models.

The Motor Trend editorial staff selected the Honda Civic from a field of 28 new or substantially revised models - the largest to date - recognizing it for exceptional value, superiority in its class and the most significant development on the new-car scene for 2006. Testing took place over a two-week period that included thousands of miles of on-track driving and on-street evaluation, along with several days of walk-around appraisals.

"For 2006, the Civic underwent the most radical transformation in its 33-year history," said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda. "It is a cornerstone of the Honda lineup, and we're delighted that Motor Trend has recognized the new levels of styling, performance, technology, safety and value that characterize the new Civic. Customers have validated our direction too, as evidenced by strong sales of the new model."

The 2006 Honda Civic establishes new segment standards for safety, technology and performance. Clean and efficient i-VTEC engine technologies deliver more power than ever before while still achieving an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 40 miles per gallon. In keeping with Honda's "Safety for Everyone" initiative, the Honda Civic features advanced standard safety equipment including side curtain airbags, front side airbags and the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure, regardless of price or trim level.

Meanwhile in the Philippines, Honda awarded its top technicians for 2005. In the photo, (shown in front from l-r) Mr. Ruben Sibayan (CHAMPION) from Honda Cars Pasig, Mr, Cris Par (1st runner-up) from Honda Cars Manila and Mr. Romie Padrones (2nd runner-up) from Honda Cars Cagayan. In the back row (l-r), Mr. Danny Pedro, National Service Dep't Head of HCPI, Mr. Takashi Sekiguchi, President & GM of HCPI, Mr. Reggie See Honda Cars Pasig Service Manager and Mr. Louie Santamaria Branch Manager of Honda Cars Pasig.