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Motor Trend 2006 Car of the Year

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DETROIT Nov 22, 2005 — The Honda Civic, which in its latest incarnation offers drivers a more sleek and upscale take on the popular compact car, has claimed the honor of 2006 Car of the Year from Motor Trend magazine.

All four new Civic models a sedan, a coupe, a high-performance model called the Si and a gasoline-electric hybrid were given the award.

"Honda deserves a standing ovation for not playing it safe again," Motor Trend's editor in chief, Angus MacKenzie, said in a statement Tuesday. "The engineering passion that Honda … was founded on radiates from these new Civics."

Motor Trend editors put the Civics through two weeks of track testing, performance drives and walk-around appraisals. The magazine chooses its top car based in part on value, standing in its class and significant developments.

"With their bold, contemporary styling and innovative technology, the new Civics are primed for success in one of the most competitive market segments in the country," Motor Trend said in its announcement.

Motor Trend picked its Car of the Year from a field of 28 new models, including the Audi A3, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac DTS, Chevrolet HHR, Dodge Charger, Ford Fusion, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Pontiac Solstice, Toyota Avalon and the Volkswagen Jetta and Passat.

Last year's winner was the Chrysler 300, the uniquely styled sedan that attracted buyers from rappers to grandmothers. Last month, the publication named Nissan's Xterra its sport utility vehicle of the year.

Motor Trend plans to announce its truck of the year in December.

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Honda Civic? mmmmmmmm...oh yes...JUNK!!! Shut up Motor Trend....Yhank You Bye!!!! (When did Motor Trend get bought out by the Japs anyway?)...
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When C Van Tune left.  The rag has gone down hill since then.

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Thanx...cancelling subscription as we speak!!! :) :P
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i didn't renew my subscription a long time ago. It's just gone way down hill over the past few years. I agree C Van Tune was the pinnacle of the magazine.
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well our top ten cars of 2005 (we didn't name a car of the year) will be out in the Dec/Jan issue - on stands around now but not sure with the holiday - All I can say is you guys will like #1. Without giving it away you might remember EIC Eddie Alterman's review of the vehicle as he drove it on Woodward. Dave PS-The Civic Si makes the #8 spot.
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ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Did anybody expect anything different from them?
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They also made the 1997 Malibu car of the year, so this isn't a big deal. Edited by CSpec
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W T F ? ? ? All I have to say is: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke:
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Is this some sort of sick joke? :blink: I like the new Civic... but it isn't COTY material. At all. I think just about every other vehicle on that list is more of COTY than it. Especially the Solstice. How it didn't win is baffling...
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Let's see... 2006 Buick Lucerne 2006 Cadillac DTS 2006 Chevrolet HHR 2006 Chevrolet Impala 2006 Pontiac G6 Coupe 2006 PONTIAC SOLSTICE What other cars are new from GM this year? While the other three entries aren't anything spectacular, the success of the HHR and the Pontiac Solstice are nothing to scoff at. Not to mention... 2006 BMW 3-Series 2006 Dodge Charger 2006 Ford Fusion 2006 Hyundai Sonata 2006 Infiniti M 2006 Lincoln Zephyr 2006 Mazda MX-5 (Miata?) 2006 Mercury Milan Hell, I'd sooner give the award to... 2006 Lexus GS 2006 Lexus IS 2006 Toyota Avalon And that's not even all of this year's new cars. All of which I'd rather own than the Civic.
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Just got my Civic sedan/Hybrid brochure yesterday, and I still walked away unimpressed. I have yet to sit in one or go up close to one for an in-depth look, but the fact that the car has less passenger and cargo room yet is physically larger and slightly awkward stylistically (that window ahead of the door just looks odd and doesn't belong on any car-apparently no one has learned the lesson), and the coupe just looks plain ridiculous. And the base DX trim doesn't even come with a stereo or a CD player as standard, ditto air conditioning, yet it has power windows I think. That's just plain stupid, just ask the Nissan Altima special-order base model. I bet people will continue to buy, but now I know why the Civic is not only a poor value but also a massively overrated car in almost every way. And did you really think the Lucerne, G6 coupe, or DTS would get Car of the Year awards? I've seen the cars and they're travesties at best. Edited by Mule Bakersdozen LS
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What a joke, there are new releases more deserving of this award than the Civic. I would really like to know their reasoning behind choosing it...was it the fuel economy? The interior? Driving dynamics? It surely wasn't the exterior styling. The Fusion, Sonata, and Solstice were my top three picks and all three are very deserving of this honor. Is MT going Car and Driver now? I was really beginning to like them too...
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When did being a fan of a certain company make you blind to the rest of the industry? Just because they didn't pick a GM product, Motor Trend hates GM? Perhaps GM didn't field anything competitive (which is the case). Perhaps the Civic was the best choice in the field (which is the case). Drive the car before you start taking offense to GM's choice. Learn about the criteria for COTY before you get upset and cancel subscriptions. This is sad.
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Wow....So what is probably the least deserving car got the award.  Fantastic.

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At first thought, I was really surprised....I thought it would be 3-series or Solstice.....

BUT, you do HAVE to admit that the new Honda Civic is as relevent to Honda's overall business as the 3-series is to BMW's.....after the last generation, they NEEDED to make a big splash....

The Si Coupe is getting RAVE reviews....

Honda certainly did go out on a limb with the styling (which I actually like...sedan AND coupe).....

The interior fit-and-finish and quality of materials in the cars I've sat in is first-class and EASILY better than anything else in the segment (note I said fit-and-finish and materials, not neccessarily styling of the interior.)

By all regards, it's a pivotal car for Honda and a HUGE improvment over the old Civic. Let's not bash Motor Trend until we've all had a chance to actually read their COTY review in the January issue....which should be here in early December.
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Let's see...

2006 Buick Lucerne
2006 Cadillac DTS
2006 Chevrolet HHR
2006 Chevrolet Impala
2006 Pontiac G6 Coupe
2006 PONTIAC SOLSTICE

What other cars are new from GM this year?

While the other three entries aren't anything spectacular, the success of the HHR and the Pontiac Solstice are nothing to scoff at.

Not to mention...

2006 BMW 3-Series
2006 Dodge Charger
2006 Ford Fusion
2006 Hyundai Sonata
2006 Infiniti M
2006 Lincoln Zephyr
2006 Mazda MX-5 (Miata?)
2006 Mercury Milan

Hell, I'd sooner give the award to...

2006 Lexus GS
2006 Lexus IS
2006 Toyota Avalon

And that's not even all of this year's new cars.

All of which I'd rather own than the Civic.

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Remember.....COTY isn't just about which car you'd rather own or drive.....it's a cumulation of product quality and excellence, relevence in the market and to its brand, and how each car compares to the others in its SEGMENT....not how they compare to each other in the COTY comparison test.

Based upon these criteria, the new Civic probably had a GREAT shot at the title...
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I dunno... the Civic isn't a bad car at all, it's just that there are better cars in that field. I mean, it beat the 3-Series, the Solstice, the MX-5, the Fusion and the Sonata. Those are some pretty tough, praiseworthy competitors, and I just can't see any justification for choosing the Civic over them. I guess I'll have to read the magazine, when it comes out.
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Leave it to Motor Trend to set the bar so low. I guess looks don't count for much. The interior of the new civic is such a mess. The vents are all different sizes and it looks like it was thrown together from the Honda parts bin. oh well, Civic enjoy it while you can. I predict your sales will continue to fall just like the previous Civic's did.
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I never said the G6 Coupe, Lucerne, and DTS would be CotY contenders, I just said that I'd pick them over the Anime-inspired Civic. Mainly, though, I was trying to list all of this year's new models, and all the choices MT had, all the while wondering why they picked the Civic. Speaking of which, I'm not done listing... 2006 Acura RL 2006 Mazda5 2006 Mercedes CLS 2006 Mercedes R-Class (hell, it's close enough to a car) 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2006 Saab 9-3 SportCombi 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2006 Volkswagen Passat 2006 Volvo S40 On another note, didn't Motor Trend already announce the 2006 XTerra as the truck of the year? Which of the two articles came out first?
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When did being a fan of a certain company make you blind to the rest of the industry? Just because they didn't pick a GM product, Motor Trend hates GM? Perhaps GM didn't field anything competitive (which is the case). Perhaps the Civic was the best choice in the field (which is the case).

Drive the car before you start taking offense to GM's choice. Learn about the criteria for COTY before you get upset and cancel subscriptions.

This is sad.

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Motor Trend Car of the year is a joke. I read somewhere last year that one of the criteria that motor Trend uses to pick a winner is how the car is incorporated into an ad with Motor Trend's Car of the year award. So if the car companies don't put together something to kiss the ass of Motor Trend, then they will not pick it. It has less to do with picking a competent car then sucking up to Motor Trend. I think the article I read was at the AutoExtremist, but since I am not a member, I do not have the ability to access the archived articles. Doeas anyone else remember thsi article?
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Yup, I'm with aaaantoine on this one. THe Lexus IS would have made a much better choice. As would have the Solstice and new Impala. (as much as I hate the Impala)
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