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Honda Civic, Volvo XC90 win North American honours

Honda Civic is the 2016 North American Car of the Year and the Volvo XC90 is North American Truck

2016 Honda Civic sedan

As has become tradition, the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit kicked off with a ceremony to announce the winners of the annual North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.

As was widely expected by the automotive media, the new Honda Civic was named 2016 North American Car of the Year while the Volvo XC90 won 2016 North American Truck of the Year honours.

The Civic beat out the new Chevrolet Malibu and the Mazda MX-5 to take the top car award. The XC90 defeated the Honda Pilot and Nissan Titan XD.

The winners were chosen by a jury of 53 automobile journalists from Canada and the United States. They established a short list of 10 cars and 12 trucks last September, then cut it to three finalists in each category in December.

The Volkswagen Golf was the 2015 North American Car of the Year, while the Ford F-150 took home the 2015 North American Truck of the Year title.

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