At the opening press conference of the North American International Auto Show, Honda Motor Company swept the North American Car and Truck Of The Year Awards with the Civic and Ridgeline. Chris and I were on the scene, capturing John Mendel, Honda of America's Senior Vice President as he accepted the award (photo). This marks the first time that one manufacturer has captured the award in both categories in the same year. It is also Honda's first victory in either category.
The 12th annual NACOTY and NATOTY awards were decided by 49 journalists from the United States and Canada who considered over 50 vehicles that were eligible this year. Honda beat out two other vehicles per category -- the Ford Fusion and the Pontiac Solstice in the car category, and the Nissan Xterra and Ford Explorer in the truck category.
John Mendel, Senior Vice President, American Honda