All-new for 2016, the tenth generation Honda Civic has just won this year's North American Car of the year, a decade after the eighth generation model took home the prestigious title. In total, eleven Honda models have been named “finalists” for NACOTY awards since their inception in 1994, making Honda the most awarded import brand in the continent.
“The 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.” said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager.
Now featuring Honda's Solid Wing Face design language, the tenth generation Civic is a departure from the eighth and ninth generation models with its semi-fastback roofline, bold front fascia and distinctive rear styling. The interior reverts to the classic instrument panel layout but boasts more technologies, along with a more high quality and spacious cabin.
“This tenth-generation Civic is quite simply the most ambitious remake of Civic we've ever done. We are bringing more new technology and innovative thinking to Civic than ever before to establish a new benchmark for fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency, safety performance and refinement in the compact class,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co, Inc.
Honda PH has yet to announce the launch of the all-new Civic but test mules spotted in Thailand hint its regional debut soon.
Taking the title for the North American Truck of the Year is the Volvo XC90. It follows in the footsteps of the first generation model which also won North American Truck of the Year back in 2003
“We are absolutely thrilled that the XC90 has won this prestigious and most respected award and there is a lot more to come. By 2019 Volvo will have a totally renewed product portfolio. By then the all-new XC90 will be the oldest car in the showroom.” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA.
The XC90 is the first Volvo to launch with a low-speed semi-autonomous drive feature called Pilot Assist. This function is now being expanded in the new S90 to work at motorway speeds of up to 130 km/h. Volvo’s leadership in the field of safety is enabling autonomous drive functionality and reflects the Swedish brand’s commitment to eliminating serious injury or deaths in its cars by the year 2020.