Honda & Volvo win North American Car &Truck of the Year

The North American International Auto Show is underway as the Honda Civic and Volvo XC90 have been named the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year.

Starting with the Civic, the redesigned sedan and coupe beat out the Chevrolet Malibu and Mazda MX-5 to take top honors. The sedan was introduced in September with a bold new design that was won over a number of critics. The models also have a significantly improved interior with higher-quality materials and a more user friendly design.

Under the hood, two different engines are available. The entry-level variant has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque, while the optional turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine develops 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque.

On the Truck/Utility side, the Volvo XC90 beat out the Honda Pilot and the Nissan Titan XD. This a big win for Volvo as the XC90 is the company’s first all-new model in years and the first to ride on the SPA platform. The latter fact is important to note as the SPA platform will underpin a number of other vehicles including the S90 sedan which will debut later today in Detroit.

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