The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s annual Car of the Year awards are considered the most significant awards program in Canada. Even worldwide, the AJAC awards are held in high esteem thanks to their regimented testing procedures and scoring. Manufacturers covet the award and consumers heed the advice too.
The overall Car of the Year for 2010 is the VW Golf GTI!
The other categories are as follows:
Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year: Subaru Outback More
Back in the Fall, Volkswagen introduced the revamped 2010 Golf Family to the media in Quebec. Our morning drive in the Golf hatches and wagon led to the legendary Circuit Mont Tremblant where we spent the afternoon putting the more enthusiast oriented GTI model to the test on the track. A place by the way that it is very happy!
First appearing in Canada in 1982, the GTI variation of the first generation Rabbit was an immediate hit with enthusiasts. Compact, fun and functional, the GTI was a a blast to drive on the street and even more fun on an autocross course. It sat 4 passengers in distinctively patterned sport seats and best of all it was super affordable. If my feeble brain is right, the price was around $6,200. which left most owners the flexibility to apply a few performance modifications. The car was simple enough that most of these mods could be done by a neophyte with simple hand tools. Throughout the next few generations, the GTI (like most of the competition) gained weight and became less sporting. Purists saw the 5th gen model as an improvement, but still not quite hot enough to live up to the GTI legacy. Enter Mk6. More