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Honda takes two auto show prizes

DETROIT -- Two Honda vehicles -- the Civic sedan and the Ridgeline pickup -- were chosen as the car and truck of the year at the North American International Auto Show.

The awards were presented yesterday, the first day of media previews for the show.

The show opens to the public on Saturday.

It's the first time in the award's 12-year history that both winners were from the same automaker. The winners were chosen by a group of 49 full-time automotive journalists. Finalists had to be new or substantially redesigned from the previous model.

Honda officials said the awards were the culmination of years of hard work. ''You can't believe how much work went into reviving the Civic," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co.

The other two finalists for car of the year were the Ford Fusion and the Pontiac Solstice.

The other two finalists for truck of the year were the Ford Explorer and Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicles. The Xterra previously won truck of the year honors in 2000.

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