Last week the members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada gathered at the Niagara Drive Centre for TestFest. The annual event allows journalists to compare completely new or redeveloped models back to back over a 4 day period. The vehicles are driven on a road route, race track and even an off road section for the trucks. With 70 of Canada’s top automotive journalists and a strict scoring process, the AJAC Canadian Car of the Year awards are highly respected across North America.
General Motors was the big winner this year, capturing 3 categories, while Volkswagen and Ford each scored 2 class wins. The winners are:
Best new small car (under $21k) Ford Fiesta
Best new small car (over $21k) Chevrolet Cruze
Best new family car (under $30k) Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel
Best new family car (over $30k) Buick Regal
Best new luxury car (over $50k) BMW 5 series sedan
Best new prestige car (over $75k) Porsche 911 Turbo S
Best new sports/performance car Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
Best new minivan Toyota Sienna
Best new SUV/CUV(under $35k) Hyundai Tucson
Best new SUV/CUV($35k-$50k) Ford Edge
Best new SUV/CUV(over $50k) Volkswagen Touareg
The overall winner for of the Canadian Car of the Year award will be announced at the opening of the Canadian International Autoshow in February.
Photo credits: VW Touareg by Justin Pritchard. All others by Gary Grant