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Default Ridgeline: Honda Sweeps 'North American Car 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 today. 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™ engine technologies deliver
more power while still achieving an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating
of 40 miles per gallon. 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™
(ACE™) 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 ® Satellite Radio, MP3 and WMA support
and an accessory Apple ® iPod ® 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
(IMA) 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) rating. Additionally, the Civic Hybrid can deactivate
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 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine connected to a 6-speed
manual transmission and a limited slip differential.


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 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.


# # #


Additional media information including detailed pricing, features and high-resolution
photography of the 2006 Honda Civic and Ridgeline is available at www.hondanews.com.
Consumer information regarding the Civic and Ridgeline is available at www.honda.com.

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