This excerpt taken from the HMC 6-K filed Apr 14, 2006.
n Honda Sweeps North American Car of the Year and Truck of the Year Awards
The 2006 Honda Civic and Honda Ridgeline have earned the prestigious 2006 North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year awards, respectively, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced. This marks the first time ever that a single brand has won both awards in the same year, and it marks Hondas first win in either category.
Presented each year at the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the awards recognize the most outstanding car and truck of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. We set out to have the Civic and Ridgeline become benchmarks in their respective segments, and having them chosen as North American Car and Truck of the Year certainly validates that effort, said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.