MONTREAL, Jan. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Today during media day at the Montreal
International Auto Show, the Automobile Journalists Association of
Canada (AJAC) announced the top three finalists in three overall award
categories as follows:
2012 Canadian Car of the Year:
2012 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year:
Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel
2012 Best New Design:
Range Rover Evoque
The three winners will be declared at approximately 8:20 am on Thursday,
February 16th at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
Eleven category winners were eligible for the top honours after being
announced last October during the association's annual "TestFest".
Hyundai Auto Canada won three of the eleven categories while BMW Group
Canada, Kia Canada and Mercedes-Benz Canada each garnered double wins.
Other category winners were Chrysler Canada and Volkswagen Canada.
Seventy of Canada's top automotive journalists spent four intensive days
in Niagara-on-the-Lake conducting back-to-back comparative testing of
170 "all new" or "significantly new" 2012 vehicles. This was no easy
task. Their vote results were determined from more than 40,000
individual data points established in the testing program. That
information includes not just specifications and features but actual
performance data and subjective ratings on up to 23 different
characteristics - from interior roominess and comfort to ride quality
and handling ability. Shell Canada is the official fuel supplier of the
The seventy journalists are all members of the Automobile Journalists
Association of Canada (AJAC) whose primary purpose is to provide
consumers with sound, objective, comparative data for use as a resource
buying guide when considering the purchase of a new car, truck of
The journalists' vote results were compiled on-site by the international
accounting firm KPMG and kept confidential even from AJAC until the
winners' press conference. KPMG will return on February 16th at the Toronto show with four envelopes that announce the overall
winners: the 2012 Canadian Car of the Year, 2012 Canadian Utility
Vehicle of the Year, 2012 Best New Design and the 2012 Best New
Technology award, presented by Shell Canada.
Consumers want to compare a Fiat 500 to Honda Civic Sedan or a Hyundai
Accent? Or an Acura TL to a Mercedes-Benz C 350? They need look no
further than the AJAC web site: www.ajac.ca > Canadian Car of the Year Awards > Results
Still looking to buy a 2011, 2010, or even an older vehicle? AJAC
archives the comparative test data and vote results from previous years
on its web site. Check it out: www.ajac.ca > Vehicle Comparisons
SOURCE Automobile Journalists Association of Canada
For further information:
For more information on the 2012 Canadian Car of the Year Awards you can either visit our AJAC web site, call the AJAC office 1.705.924.3444, or send an email to:firstname.lastname@example.org.