Honda Sweeps 'North American Car and Truck of the Year' Awards; 2006 Honda Civic and 2006 Honda Ridgeline Take the Top Honors.Tokyo and Detroit, U.S.A., Jan 9, 2006 - (JCN Newswire) - The 2006 Honda Civic and Honda Ridgeline have earned the prestigious 2006 "North American Car of the Year The North American Car of the Year is an automobile award voted annually in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The jury consists of 48 automotive journalists. " 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 Honda's first win in either category.
The North American Car of the Year and Truck of the Year Awards are given by a group of 49 international automotive journalists. The awards are unique because instead of being given by a single publication, radio or television station they are given by automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. Presented each year at the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, they 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. "We couldn't be more pleased with the reaction to both vehicles. This will be great news to the Honda associates in North America who build them."
The 2006 Honda Civic establishes new segment standards for safety, technology and performance. Clean and efficient i-VTEC(TM) engine technologies deliver more power while still achieving an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating of 40 miles per gallon Noun 1. miles per gallon - the distance traveled in a vehicle powered by one gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel
unit, unit of measurement - any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange; "the dollar is the United States unit of . 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 Advanced Compatibility Engineering is the marketing name given to an automobile body structure design from Honda. It claims to distribute collision energy evenly and redirect it away from the passenger compartment, while at the same time, minimizing damage to other impacted (TM) (ACE(TM)) Body Structure, at all trim levels.
The most noticeable features of the 2006 Civic include its expressive exterior styling, a high-tech and spacious interior, and fun-to-drive performance. The Civic further rewards drivers and passengers with as many as seven ways to enjoy audio entertainment - including XM (R) Satellite Radio, MP3 and WMA support and an accessory Apple (R) iPod (R) adapter that connects the popular music player to the Civic's audio controls.
The Civic Hybrid provides the ultimate in clean and efficient technology with a 1.3-liter i-VTEC engine and a new generation of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist Integrated Motor Assist (commonly abbreviated as IMA) is Honda's hybrid car technology, introduced in 1999 on the Insight. It uses an electric motor mounted between the engine and transmission to act as a starter motor, engine balancer, and assist traction motor. (IMA (Interactive Multimedia Association, Annapolis, MD) An earlier trade association founded in 1988 originally as the Interactive Video Industry Association. It provided an open process for adopting existing technologies and was involved in subjects such as networked services, scripting ) technology that helps the hybrid achieve an EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy of 49/51 miles per gallon and an Advanced-Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV AT-PZEV Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (auto) ) rating. Additionally, the Civic Hybrid can deactivate de·ac·ti·vate
tr.v. de·ac·ti·vat·ed, de·ac·ti·vat·ing, de·ac·ti·vates
1. To render inactive or ineffective.
2. To inhibit, block, or disrupt the action of (an enzyme or other biological agent).
3. all four of its cylinders and operate using only the electric motor in certain low-speed cruising situations.
The Civic Si showcases the high-performance potential of the Civic platform and offers a 197-horsepower, DOHC DOHC Department of Health and Children (Ireland)
DOHC Double Overhead Camshaft (engine valve train architecture)
DOHC Double over Head Camshaft 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine connected to a 6-speed manual transmission and a limited slip differential A limited slip differential (LSD) is a modified or derived type of differential gear arrangement that allows for some difference in rotational velocity of the output shafts, but does not allow the difference in speed to increase beyond a preset amount. .
Since its introduction in March of 2005, the Ridgeline has re-defined the truck segment through its innovative and exclusive new features. Designed to meet the needs of a growing population of consumers purchasing trucks to support their active, outdoor-oriented lifestyles, the Ridgeline delivers a proportional mix of overall truck capability, towing performance, ruggedness and value in a fun-to-drive and responsible vehicle built around Honda's standards for reliability, safety and performance.
Standard features on all Ridgeline models include a 247-horsepower VTEC VTEC
verocytotoxin producing Escherichia coli. V-6 engine; 5-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission; advanced Variable Torque Management four-wheel drive system; air conditioning; tilt steering wheel; power -
side windows, power sliding rear window and door locks; cruise control; keyless entry;
automatic heated wiper zone; 6-speaker 100-watt audio system with CD player; 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with under-seat storage; all-weather floor mats; 5-foot cargo bed with six heavy duty tie down cleats and 4 bed lights; an 8.5 cubic foot secure, lockable In-Bed Trunk; and dual-action tailgate.
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