2015 Honda Civic Type R front The World Car of the Year jury has voted Honda’s Civic Type R as a finalist in the “World Performance Car of the Year” award. The Japanese brand is making its debut as a finalist, with the winner set to be announced at the New York Auto Show on 24 March

The nomination is the latest good news in a successful year for Honda’s European produced ‘race car for the road’. As the car hit showrooms during September, it secured its first motorsport titles taking the drivers and constructors championship in the British Touring Car Championship. Towards the end of the year, French publications Echappement and L’Automobile Sportive declared the Honda Civic Type R sports car of the year, with the latter being decided by readers themselves.

The World Car of the Year jury is composed of 73 motoring writers from across 23 countries and regions globally. For cars to be considered, they must be sold in at least five countries globally, on at least two continents. The first award was announced in 2004, with the performance car category added in 2006.

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

New York Auto Show continues to be an important exhibition venue for the North American market

The New York Auto Show ushers in the latest automotive trends and continues to showcase an incredible collection of cutting-edge design and extraordinary innovation in the 2016 edition. More than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers will feature the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars.  Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display at North America’s first and largest-attended auto show dating back to 1900. This year’s NYAS is held at the Jacob Javits Convention Cente and scheduled from 25 March until 3 April. The NYAS is deemed one of the most important Auto Shows in North America, right after the NAIAS (North American International Auto show).

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