- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 16, 2006

‘MotorWeek’ choosesCivic as best in 2006

The TV series “MotorWeek” has selected the Honda Civic as its 2006 Drivers’ Choice Award winner for Best of the Year.

“Honda has outdone itself by rolling out a sterling suite of Civic models, where style and engineering, form and function converge to create a reliable yet cool-looking compact-car series,” said John Davis, host and executive producer of “MotorWeek,” which airs on PBS and the Speed Channel.

“The new Civic has no peers in appeal,” Mr. Davis said.

This year, a team of 15 judges, composed of writers, producers and crew members of “MotorWeek” evaluated more than 150 cars and trucks using performance, technology, practicality and dollar value as the criteria. The winners in 12 categories are:

• Best Small Car: Honda Civic

• Best Family Car: Hyundai Sonata

• Best Minivan: Honda Odyssey

• Best Convertible: Pontiac Solstice

• Best Luxury Sedan: Infiniti M

• Best Sport Sedan: BMW 3-Series

• Best Performance Car: Ford Mustang

• Best Small Sport Utility Vehicle: Toyota RAV4

• Best Family Sport Utility Vehicle: Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer

• Best Pickup Truck: Ford F-150

• Best Eco-Friendly: Toyota Highlander Hybrid

• Best Dream Machines: Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Dodge Viper SRT 10 Coupe and Ferrari F430

Honda’s Super Cub is 50-million vehicle

A Honda motorcycle series, known as the Super Cub in Japan, has become the world’s first motor vehicle ever to hit the cumulative production mark of 50 million units, Agence France-Presse reported.

The series, launched in 1958, goes by different names around the world, including Wave in Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia, and Biz in Argentina and other South American countries.

It is currently produced in 13 countries and sold in more than 160. Production topped the 50 million milestone at the end of last year, Honda said.

Chicago show ending at McCormick Place

Car buffs who don’t get enough of the latest wheels at the Baltimore auto show can try to attend the Chicago Auto Show, ending Sunday. The event bills itself as the oldest and largest one in North America.

It is being held at the McCormick Place South complex, Lake Shore Drive and 23rd Street, in 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space. In all, nearly 1,000 vehicles can be seen at the show. For more information, visit www.chicagoautoshow.com on the Internet.

Fax or mail items of interest to Bill O’Brien, Auto Notes, The Washington Times, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.

Use fax number 202/832-2167. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before publication.


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