At a press conference in Toronto this morning, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada announced the winners in nine Best New categories leading up the the crowning of the Canadian Car of the Year.
Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz were the big winners, both taking home two awards, while the remaining categories were split between Honda, Chevrolet, Mazda, Volvo and Kia.
The the Winners are:
Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.8TSI
SPORTS/ PERFORMANCE under $50K
Volkswagen Golf R
SPORTS/ PERFORMANCE over $50K
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S
Mercedes-AMG GT S Coupe
SUV/ CUV under $35K
SUV/ CUV $35K – $60K
SUV/ CUV over $60K
The Canadian Car and Utility vehicle of the Year will be announced at the opening of the Canadian International Autoshow in Toronto in February.
Automobile Journalists Association of Canada press release
Nine “Best New” category winners were announced today by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, better known as AJAC. The results were tabulated by KPMG, the accounting firm that works with the association and its Canadian Car of the Year awards.
The nine “Best New” categories cover the full new-model spectrum, including Bes tNew Small Car, Best New Sports/Performance, and Best New SUV/CUV. Most of these core categories are into price ranges to better provide fair and relevant comparisons.
The vehicles named will now compete for the overall Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year honours, which will be announced at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto next February. AJAC will also announce the winners of its Canadian Green Car of the Year awards at the Vancouver International Auto Show in March.
The category winners represent the voting results by the largest group of Canada’s best-known automotive journalists, who gathered this October in Clarington, Ontario for a four-day test-drive evaluation of brand-new or significantly changed models. The event, known as “TestFest,” was hosted by Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and Shell Canada was the official fuel supplier.
“TestFest is the most intensive new-vehicle evaluation process on the planet,” said Gary Grant, co-chair of the Canadian Car of the Year committee. “No other organization employs such stringent testing methods to determine its award winners.”
The rigorous testing program includes real-world driving on public roads, exactly where consumers drive, so the test data and vote results are directly relevant to potential car and utility vehicle buyers. The results are not based on the personal opinion of just one or two journalists. Instead, 71 automotive journalists each drove vehicles in their categories back-to-back on the same day, under the same conditions, to ensure fair and objective comparisons.
“Our program is absolutely testing-based,” said Justin Pritchard, co-chair of the Canadian Car of the Year committee. “We have dozens of experienced vehicle testers driving dozens of vehicles, back to back, over the course of several days. This testing process generated 1,911 test drives, producing over 110,000 data points and 1701 category ballots. It’s important to note that every aspect of this testing data is shared online via our website, so shoppers can see how any given vehicle won its category, or how it stacked up to the category winner.”
Data driven and Canadian expertise: That’s what makes an AJAC winner.