MONTREAL, Jan. 13 /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:

2011 Canadian Car of the Year:

  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean

2011 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year:

  • Ford Edge
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Volkswagen Touareg

2011 Best New Design:

  • Audi R8 Spyder
  • Jaguar XJ Supercharged
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

The three winners will be declared at approximately 8:20 am on Thursday, February 17th 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. General Motors won three of the eleven categories while both Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Canada each garnered double wins.  Other category winners were the BMW Group, Hyundai Canada, Porsche Canada and Toyota Canada. 

Seventy of Canada's top automotive journalists spent four intensive days in Niagara-on-the-Lake conducting back-to-back comparative testing of 144 "all new" or "significantly new" 2011 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.

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 SUV/CUV.  

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 17th at the Toronto show with four envelopes that announce the 2011 overall winners.

Consumers that want to compare a Ford Fiesta to a Mazda2 or a Volkswagen Jetta,  or a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Honda Accord Crosstour, need look no further than the AJAC web site:  www.ajac.ca > Canadian Car of the Year Awards > Results

Still looking to buy a 2010, 2009, 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:

On the 2011 Canadian Car of the Year Awards, either visit our AJAC web site, call the AJAC office 1.705.924.3444, or send an email to beth@ajac.ca

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