We are excited that the 2016 Honda Civic was named North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show! Previously winning the award in 2006, the Honda Civic is back in the drivers seat. 2016 Civic is assembled in Indiana, with an engine and transmission made in Ohio and engineering led by Honda R&D Americas in Raymond, Ohio according to dispatch.com. Redesigned into a more sporty look and feel, the new Civic offers a new turbocharged engine on upper-end models.
To be considered for this award, a vehicle must be all new or substantially changed for eligibility. According to autonews.com, judges are given 10 points in each category, which they can disperse how they see fit among the three finalists. The three finalists in each category are chosen from a list of 10 cars and 12 pickups in December. Those models on the shortlists were narrowed down from a larger list in the fall. Three finalists for this year’s award consisted of the Honda Civic coming in with 203 points, Chevy Malibu with 181 points and the Mazda MX-5 Miata with 146 points. In the Truck/Utility of the Year, the Volvo XC90 came in with 310 points, Honda Pilot with 111 points and the Nissan Titan XD with 109 points. Point totals were listed on autoblog.com.