TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - A black pyramid proclaiming "Best New
Technology" of 2012 now sits proudly atop a Chevrolet Volt, within the
Eco-Drive Showcase at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in
General Motors' Voltec Propulsion System, which powers the Volt, was
declared the Best New Technology of 2012 by the Automobile Journalists
Association of Canada (AJAC) at a press conference held at the auto
show's media day on February 16.
"We are very proud to receive AJAC's 2012 Best New Technology award for
the Voltec propulsion system," said Kevin Williams, president and managing director at GM of Canada. "The Voltec propulsion system is the heart of the Chevrolet Volt, which
combines pure electric drive and an efficient range-extending engine to
create the only electric vehicle on the market today that does not
require a customer to make compromises on when and where they can
This year's winner was chosen from a short-list of ten entries, judged
by a panel of AJAC members with specific technical qualifications, who
regularly report on automotive engineering and technical trends. The
Voltec system edged out Mazda's Skyactiv G gasoline technology to win
"This was the strongest field of entries ever, in the 16-year history of
the award," explained AJAC's technology award chairman, Gerry Malloy. "The Voltec system is a worthy winner, for it is truly a pioneering
technology that is certain to be adopted by other vehicles in the
The AJAC Best New Technology award, presented by Shell Canada, was
established to recognize new and innovative technologies that provide
real value to the consumer. Past winners have ranged from run-flat
tires through various hybrid, suspension and safety technologies.
The significance of the Best New Technology award has been growing
steadily over the past few years as has the degree of rigor to which
entries are submitted. It is part of AJAC's annual Canadian Car of the
Year awards program, which was created in 1985 with the purpose of
providing consumers with sound, comparative information on vehicles
that are new to the market.
The Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year as well as the Best New
Design of 2012 were also announced at the CIAS. Comparative test data
derived from the journalists' extensive four day "TestFest" evaluation
of 170 new vehicles in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario in October, are
available to consumers on the AJAC website (www.ajac.ca). Shell Canada is the official fuel supplier of the event.
Still looking to buy a 2011, 2010, 2009, or even a 2008 vehicle? AJAC
archives the comparative test data from previous years on its website, www.ajac.ca.
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For further information:
To arrange an interview with one of the AJAC team members during the auto show, or to learn more about the 2012 Best New Technology award or other Canadian Car of the Year Awards, please call the AJAC office at 1.705.924.3444, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.