2016-11-18

Honda Wins Awards for New Civic and Jazz

Honda has scooped two awards at the 2016 Women’s World Car of the Year, with the Honda Civic and Honda Jazz both claiming victory in their respective categories.

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Honda was the only manufacturer to win multiple category titles in this year’s awards.

The Women’s World Car of the Year awards, now in its seventh year, is the only car global car honours voted for exclusively by female automotive journalists.  The award was created to reflect the different buying criteria many women utilise when purchasing a car.  

Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins, said the company was absolutely thrilled to win not just one, but two awards from the Women’s World Car of the Year judges.

“The Honda Civic and Honda Jazz have been thoughtfully designed to fit seamlessly into everyday life, so to have our cars be so highly regarded by women in these categories is a real honour.”

The voting process for Women’s World Car of the Year is rigorous – each member of the global judging panel submits their personal nominations.  This year, 17 judges from 14 countries nominated almost 300 cars for recognition.  

The nominated vehicles are then reduced to a shortlist of 32 cars in six different categories. Judges vote by awarding points according to five key criteria – engineering, style, comfort, storage and value for money.

A second round of voting takes place from the list of six category winners to determine the Supreme Winner, with all voting conducted by secret ballot.  The final votes are audited by international accountancy firm, Grant Thornton, from their Auckland, New Zealand office.

Sandy Myhre, Managing Director of Women’s World Car of the Year, congratulated Honda on its achievement.

“From the early lists the judges sent in there were some strong contenders in one or two categories, but mostly only a few percentage points separated the top three cars in each segment,” she said. 

“Honda must be congratulated for winning two categories – the Family Car Award for the Honda Civic and the Budget Car Award for the Honda Jazz.”

However, the new Honda Civic does not just appeal to female drivers, with leading Australian men’s lifestyle website EFTM.com.au also awarding it the Best Small Car for 2016.

Motoring Editor at EFTM, Chris Bowen, described the Civic as “...a very polished effort from Honda. They’ve produced a vastly improved version of the long-standing Civic nameplate with a huge amount of tech on-board like Apple CarPlay and driver assists...”

While EFTM’s Publisher & Technology Editor, Trevor Long, credited the Civic’s bold design with helping it stand out from the crowd despite strong competition in the small car category.

“It’s big in stature and space, but it’s certifiably small and given what’s inside we reckon it’s the Best Small Car,” he said.

The new Honda Civic sedan is the first in a three-phase Civic launch program, with the Civic hatch due to arrive in the first half of 2017, while the eagerly-anticipated Type R is expected in the second half of 2017.

For more information on the Women’s World Car of the Year awards, visit www.womensworldcoty.com