2012-2015 Honda CR-V Named 2017 WheelsTV POV of the Year

Cambridge, MA, Thursday, May 25, 2017: At the annual New England Motor Press Association’s Technology Conference and Annual Awards Dinner held at MIT’s Media Lab, WheelsTV and NEMPA presented the 2017 WheelsTV POV of the Year Award to the 2012-2015 Honda CR-V.
Now in its eighth year, the POVY is the only national award presented to a pre-owned automobile. A distinguished judging panel drawn from a broad spectrum of the automotive press makes the selection after choosing finalists in eight disparate categories: Green Car, SUV, Crossover, Sporty Car, Small Car, Family Car, Light Truck and Luxury Car.
Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Wayne Carini, host of Velocity Network’s Chasing Classic Cars, who explained the requirements for POVY consideration: “To be named the WheelsTV P-O-V of the Year, the vehicle must be in service for at least two years and demonstrate outstanding long-term reliability and exceptional consumer satisfaction.”

Upon announcing the recipient of the 2017 WheelsTV POV of the Year Award, WheelsTV CEO Jim Barisano said, “The 2012-2015 Honda CR-V is that ideal blend of comfort, fuel economy, performance and practicality that today’s motorists want and need. Couple that with a sterling record for reliability and the CR-V has all the goods to be this year’s WheelsTV POV of the Year.”
Accepting the award for Honda was Chris Naughton, New England Regional Manager, PR, Honda and Acura. In accepting the POVY Chris stated, “Thanks very much to WheelsTV and the New England Motor Press Association for the 2017 WheelsTV POV of the Year Award. We’re very pleased to be receiving this national recognition for the Honda CR-V. Not only has the CR-V become one of Honda’s best selling vehicles, but it’s also the best selling SUV in the country.”

The POV of the Year Award always includes a vintage steering wheel of the winning marque. This year’s POVY steering wheel is from a 1997 Honda CR-V.
It will reside in the 30,000-square-foot Honda museum or The American Honda Collection Hall as it is properly entitled in Torrance, California.
NEMPA’s president John Paul, known in the Boston Globe and on Boston.com as The Car Doctor, also presented awards to many new vehicles chosen for recognition by NEMPA. WheelsTV provided video profiles of the winning vehicles.

The video that profiles this year’s POVY-winning Honda CR-V can be found at:

In addition to awards for vehicles, there were awards for individuals who have made a positive impact on the automotive industry. The Charlie Dole High Road Award went to noted author, P.J. O’Rourke, whose nineteen books cover subjects as diverse as politics, etiquette, economics and of course, cars. P.J. regaled the gathering with homorous stories that served to inspire his writings.

The festive evening concluded with special recognition to Herb Chambers, President of the Herb Chambers Companies as Executive of the Year.
At a young age Mr. Chambers rose from copy machine repairman to owning his own photocopy company with over 1,400 employees. He eventually sold the copy company and pursued his true passion for automobiles, now with fifty-six dealerships that employ over 2,500 employees. A true car enthusiast, Herb felt right at home with the many automaker executives and automotive press.

A final video was played of an adventure shared by Herb and his longtime friend Wayne Carini. It told of how Wayne discovered the ultimate POV, a 1972 365 GTB/4 Ferrari Daytona Spyder that Herb had owned in his younger days, and how Herb bought it back and Wayne restored this rare gem to Platinum Award-winning concours condition. This amazing story topped off a terrific 2017 NEMPA Technology Conference.

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