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12-21-2005, 08:25 AM
<IMG SRC="http://motortrend.com/features/news/2005/112_06_toty_honda_ridgeline_fl.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://motortrend.com/features/news/2005/112_06_toty_honda_ridgeline_fl.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://motortrend.com/features...l.jpg</A><p><B>Motor Trend Names 2006 Truck Of The Year</B><p>Motor Trend magazine, the world's automotive authority and part of the PRIMEDIA Consumer Automotive Group, today announced the selection of the Honda Ridgeline as the 2006 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. <p>"The Honda Ridgeline has taken the traditional understanding of a truck and completely redefined every aspect," said Angus MacKenzie, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend. "The Ridgeline is filled with innovation and clever solutions to everyday issues. As Honda's first foray into truck models in the U.S., the Ridgeline showcases a vehicle built on intelligent technology and impressive durability. This remarkable machine encompasses all necessities a truck should have and demonstrates what Motor Trend desires when naming Truck of the Year." With two full weeks of thudding over concrete, howling around tight curves and bouncing over rocky roadways, Motor Trend editors unanimously awarded 2006 Honda Ridgeline to be Truck of the Year. The Honda Ridgeline is a revelation for all trucks, with independent rear line suspension that frees weather tight cargo space in the below bed, four cargo lamps which illuminate the bed's trunk, and a rear gate that opens like a door or swings down. Honda has made it a point to take into account all of the driver's desires. <p>This year, the editorial staff of Motor Trend conducted testing on 6 new models, searching for the truck that best represents exceptional value, superiority in its class, and the most significant development on the new-truck scene for 2006. This year's field, included vehicles that ranged in price from just over $17,000 to almost $50,000. Only truly new or substantially revised trucks were considered with the condition that they be available for public sale by January 1, 2006. <p>The 2006 Motor Trend Truck of the Year competition included the following models: Dodge Ram 1500, Dodge Ram Mega Cab, Honda Ridgeline, Isuzu i350, Lincoln Mark LT, and Mitsubishi Raider.<p>"The truck market is booming with new designs and new manufacturers entering the category. The diversity continues to grow and brings dynamic, unique vehicles into the marketplace," said MacKenzie. "Motor Trend continues to evaluate and analyze vehicles in the automotive industry, in the most effective, impartial way. We are committed to our readers, and recognize the significance and importance these awards are in the automotive industry." <p><br><IMG SRC="http://motortrend.com/features/news/2005/112_06_toty_honda_ridgeline_rl.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://motortrend.com/features/news/2005/112_06_toty_honda_ridgeline_rl.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://motortrend.com/features...l.jpg</A><p><B>The Motor Trend Evaluation Process</B><p>Each year, the editorial staff of Motor Trend evaluates eligible vehicles based on three key categories: Significance, Superiority, and Value. Significance refers to impact on the market and looks for mastery and innovation in engineering, technology, design, safety and packaging. Superiority levels the playing field and looks for class-leading levels of performance, style and functionality within its specific competitive set--not among all new vehicles. Finally, the all-important Value question asks, "What does this vehicle deliver in relation to what the consumer has to pay to purchase and own it?" <p>In making the selection, vehicles are taken to task through thousands of miles of on-track and on-street driving, in a wide variety of weather and road conditions to evaluate many factors, including styling and design; fit, finish and materials; engineering and technology; interior; safety; performance; and value. Additional aspects evaluated included handling balance, response, predictability, and power delivery. <p>The complete report on the 2006 Motor Trend Truck of the Year testing and selection will be published in the February 2006 issue of Motor Trend (on newsstands January 3, 2005) and multimedia coverage of the testing and selection process will be broadcast on Motor Trend Radio, hosted by Bob Long.<p><br>Source: <A HREF="http://www.MotorTrend.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.MotorTrend.com</A><br>

Naga Royal Guard
12-21-2005, 10:19 AM
this bodes very well for MT's credibility, at the very least this will make a few people even angstier but nothing can help the ridgline's sales

12-21-2005, 01:30 PM
What competition did it really have? This car, like it or not, has started a new market. I would never buy it; it's too slow for an engine of it's size, and it's fuel-economy is horrible for an engine of it's size. <br>But it will probably spur many better vehicles from other manufacturers.

12-21-2005, 09:22 PM
As much as I don't like the Ridgeline's victory, no one can say that they didn't see it coming, seeing as the only other vehicle even close to being worthy of such an award would be the Dodge Ram Mega Cab. And frankly, I think the Ridgeline is much more significant.

12-21-2005, 11:48 PM
Most ppl will see this as an SUV with a bed, not truck that you use for work. This really isn't a truck, it's in a segment of its own. a niche vehicle at this point.<p>Useless!<br>

12-22-2005, 06:35 AM
The Ridgeline deserves to be "truck" of the year.

12-22-2005, 06:46 AM
I would very much agree. Like it or not, it deserved this award. From the nominee list, I can't find anyone else more deserving.<p>I don't like the Ridgeline but judging from all of the nominees OBJECTIVELY and FAIRLY (putting loyalty aside), I actually agree with MT's choice, believe it or not.

12-22-2005, 06:51 AM
Good year for Honda! Car of the year: Honda Civic, Truck of the year: Honda Ridgeline!<p>I kinda agree with this selsection, but Civic as car of the year? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0">

12-22-2005, 08:39 AM
Yeo like most of you said it deserves to be the Truck Of The Year 2006. It has innovative features and we can tell that Honda did try hard on this project and based on the competition it has the other truck i was considering was the Mitsubishi Raider which its really a nice looking truck but the interior is crap!!! I sat in one and touched everything and it was cheap just terrible. <p>Now for alot of people the word truck means huge payload and towing capabilities with a V8 under the hood and a huge cab and bed. Well this is not that kind of truck to me this is a truck for people who use it for light duties and who dont want a V8 nor a huge wtruck just something that can get dirty while their nice family sedan doesnt. There are different type of trucks just like there are different types of sedans.<p>So Honda really tried on this and maybe the styling hasnt been that great but lets see what happens on MMC or maybe how numbers start to rise up after people realize this is MT's Truck Of The Year so all those people going to Toyoto and Nissan dealers for their Tacomas or Frontiers will have a second look at the Ridgelines and maybe get one, why not??<p>Oh yea alot of people think that this truck is overpriced. Actually it is not, see the Tacoma double cab starts at $22,040 MSRP and the Ridgeline starts at $27,700, now the Ridgeline has all the standard features such as airbags everywhere, the VSA, TPMS, Cruise Control, Remote Keyless Entry, Trunk, Sliding Rear Window, Dual Action Tailgate, 4WD. The tacoma does not come standard with those and add those to the Tacoma and the price is either the same or even higher than the Ridgeline's.

zwei Biere bitte
12-22-2005, 02:35 PM
I can't wait to read the letters to the editor regarding this selection (As well as the Xterra and Civic). <p>I remember reading how people were so pissed at MT because they chose the Volvo XC90 over the Hummer H2.

12-22-2005, 03:06 PM
Why is this any different than a Ford Explorer Sport Trac or something of that nature? Is this idea really that unique?

12-22-2005, 03:21 PM
Wait a minute the Fridgline won????? I know of someone who will be sad if not pissed off with that.... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>FordRules, if you just read this thread, this is a lie, a fruit of your imagination, your worst nightmare, only Fords and stuff like that win awards, all other brands suck<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> ...Did you fall for it???? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0">

12-22-2005, 04:37 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zwei Biere bitte</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I can't wait to read the letters to the editor regarding this selection (As well as the Xterra and Civic). <p>I remember reading how people were so pissed at MT because they chose the Volvo XC90 over the Hummer H2. </TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>Don't forget when they choose the Prius for COTY.

12-22-2005, 04:46 PM
The Ridgeline doesn't have much competition. What else could it be?<p>MT did well in electing the XC90 over the H2 for SUVOTY. At least the Volvo has a purpose other than showoff.<p>But why the civic?

12-22-2005, 06:54 PM
I just knew it that the Ridgeline. It's just simply amazing in my opinion. I can't disagree with other members' opinions because really 2006 isnt the year for trucks at all, except for the Ridgeline.

12-23-2005, 03:32 AM
Why on earth do Americans call these things 'trucks?'<p>In Australia this is a truck...<p><A HREF="http://www.riverwinds.biz/Blades%20on%20Truck.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.riverwinds.biz/Blades%20on%20Truck.jpg</A><p>We call our 'trucks' utes. Mabey there is something in our water...

12-23-2005, 10:30 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Superfresa</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">But why the civic?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Because they're weird. The Civic has no actual merit at all-- the hybrid is not superior to the Prius, the sedan and coupe are overpriced, and the Si is probably the only thing that stands out, but it's not all that significant since it doesn't really do much for the segment.<p>I firmly believe the Mazda5 is more suited for the title.

12-25-2005, 06:50 AM
Let's get a construction company to use a Fridgeline as a daily work truck and see how long it takes for the "truck" to go belly up. It a nice (if you can get past the styling) wannabe pickup looking vehicle.

12-25-2005, 09:27 AM
the ridgeline was really the only choice, i mean, the only other candidates were a rebadged dakota, a rebadged F-150, a rebadged colorado, a supersized dodge ram and the facelifted ram. the ridgeline is a nice vehicle for those who'd like a bed and a bit of off-road ability but want the refinement of a car as well, so it was pretty deserving anyway...the other choices for TOTY weren't even half as deserving as the ridgeline, and anyone who complains about the honda winning really doesn't get it (because, again, what other choice was there?)

against the wall
12-25-2005, 09:40 AM
i predict mt's 07 toty will be the tundra...or the gmt trucks.