• Mar 29th 2006 at 11:30AM
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The 2006 Honda Civic has won yet another accolade, this time in Europe: the 51st international "red dot: best of the best" award for highest design quality. The award is held annually by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen museum in Germany.  Judged by an international jury, the award designates winners in 11 categories, including Transportation, the category in which the Civic won.

The 4,000 square meter Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen museum will house an exhibition of all the winners for at least a year, and the yearbook published in conjunction with the award will feature the Civic as well.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Robert: "It's as fast as a Dodge Viper SRT10 in the slalom and only costs about $20000 (according to Edmunds.com"

      Yeah, I'd def. take a Civic. Pffft. You freaking moron. Comparing a grocery getter to a proper race car. Compared to the competition, idiot. So it does a good slalom. So what? Is it FAST? Answer is no, anybody can see that it not even a road course car. And don't give me all the specific output bs, 200hp and 2750lbs is still HEAVY and SLOW.

      Jason S. E.: Just trying to create a counterpoint. Not everybody is interesting in falling over themselves to nut-hug Honda corp... That car is damn ugly and $$$ compared to others in the segment.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #2, Honda did not copy the rear of the A4... Honda has been selling the Acura EL in Canada for awhile now, with tail lights similar to the new civic
      • 9 Years Ago
      You know, the whole "Toyota/Honda rulez", "Detroit/American automakers suck" and vice versa, is getting childish. It's like a broken record, who cares!!! If you don't like the Civic...FINE!!! Don't buy it, same goes for the Cobalt, don't buy it!! And spare the rest of us the useless bashing...
      • 9 Years Ago
      While they may have won awards, and perhaps justly so,the plain fact is they're ugly
      • 9 Years Ago
      Honda just copies Audi's Designs and slaps their logo on it! (specially the rear end of the A4)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well we have owned two Civics and we just loved them (reliability and gas).

      We have test driven three 2006 Civics e/w auto trans; one with drum brakes, one with 4-wheel disc, and one (sold as an Acura CSX) with paddle shifters. They were all tighter, faster, quieter, and more lux than any previous Civic that we have owned.

      But, we are seniors now or at least I am !) and I have NO INTENTIONS of ducking my 5' 10" frame to enter this windshield,deep-dash dominated environment to sit mid-car while holding a rubber training wheel.

      But, as I leave the Civic behind, I must now scratch outstanding reliability off my list of automotive expectations. But the pockets are deeper -- thanks to Civic savings -- and a Legacy may be the Civic's replacement. And that may be exactly what Honda had in mind re their intended market demographic.

      • 9 Years Ago
      "Reddot who?"

      If you are a designer, the International Red Dot award is equivalent to an Oscar for designers. It's highly pretigious in the design community. The Red Dot organization even has their own muesum in Essen Germany, and the winner gets a permanent exhibit at the meusem for at least a year. but its an award not specific to automobiles and more toward product design in general (Think the iPod when it first came it out).

      Go check out their history if you care:

      Red dot is by no means "bias", and is most definitely a very international panel that cares little about the car industry.

      However, to call an award "Bias" by the mere fact that it doesn't conform to your own narrow bias views is boldy hypocritical.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Is the cobalt the best design available from all of the american engineers at gm. this is the product that represents the best that american minds can come up with. american products have so little respect that i even refuse to fly on an airline that uses american made aircraft. although if i needed a lawyer or wanted a burger i would insist on american.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Um, just to echo number 4, why show the American design if it's the European one (which, to me anyway, is FAR better especially when you consider it's a five door and the much more eye-catching interior) that won the award?

      And to all those that are banging on about performance (for and against) wait until the Type R (or possible Type RR) version is launched in the next year or so. Only then will we be able to judge just how good (or bad) the handling and performance really is.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ugly, slow, expensive (including the Si). Cars like that shouldn't be allowed on the road. You suck Honda. -C
      • 9 Years Ago
      --quote:-- This has been proven by creadible CR research---

      You mean the long term reliability ratings based on surveys among CR subscribers, who purchased their cars based on (you guessed it) CR's studies?

      This is the same magazine that gave the early 90's Toyota Corolla better reliability rankings than the Geo Prism, despite the fact that the Prism was simply a rebadged Corolla. When somebody called them on it, they started lumping rebadged vehicles together for ratings.

      I'm not sure I'd call that credible. Or even "creadible", for that matter.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hang on a minute, that picture doesn't show the european civic, over here (in the UK anyway) we get this one


      Much nice i think, the one you show there is a bag of ass, once again the americans take something great and crap all over it
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