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Honda’s latest hotshot in World Car of Year top five

  • Honda’s Civic Type R, just launched in SA, is a finalist in the 2016 World Performance Car of the Year awards.
  • First time for Honda has made the final five.
  • 73 jurors represent 23 countries and region.
HONDA'S NEW HOTSHOT: The 2016 Civic Type R has not only scored on British racetracks but is now also the World Sports Car of the Year. Image: Honda
HONDA’S NEW HOTSHOT: The 2016 Civic Type R has not only scored on British racetracks but is now also the World Sports Car of the Year. Image: Honda

The World Car of the Year jury has voted Honda’s Civic Type R as one of the five finalists for the World Performance Car of the Year award.

The car, launched in South Africa towards the end of January 2016, is the first from the brand to make it as a finalist; whether it will be the overall winner should not surprise – but we’ll know at the New Tork auto show on March 24 2016.

The nomination is the latest good news in a successful year for Honda’s Made in England “race car for the road”; in September 2015 is took the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles in the British Touring Car championship.

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Two French publications, Echappement and L’Automobile Sportive, have already declared the Type R their respective Sports Car of the Year – the latter by readers.

There can be no doubt that the car will be among the finalists for the 2017/18 South African Car of the Year.

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The World Car of the Year jury is composed of 73 motoring writers from 23 countries and regions globally. For a car to be considered it must be sold in at least five countries globally (or on at least two continents). The first award was announced in 2004, the Performance Car category was added in 2006.

Honda has tasted success previously in the World Car of the Year awards, taking the Green Car of the Year crown in 2006 (Civic Hybrid) and 2009 (FCX Clarity).

For more on the World Car of the Year visit the website.

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