December 8, 2004

2005 Canadian Car of the Year award winners announced

Toronto, Ontario – Twelve 2005 Canadian Car of the Year Award category winners were announced by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) during a press conference at the Holiday Inn Select Airport in Toronto on Tuesday.

The 2005 category winners are:

  • Best New Economy Car: Kia Spectra Sedan LX

  • Best New Family Car: Mazda6 Sport
  • Best New Luxury Car: Chrysler 300 C
  • Best New Sport Utility Vehicle: BMW X3 3.0i
  • Best New Crossover: Hyundai Tucson
  • Best New Sport Compact: Volvo S40
  • Best New Sports / Performance Car: Ford Mustang
  • Best New Minivan: Honda Odyssey
  • Best New Station Wagon: Mazda6 Sport Wagon
  • Best New Pick-up: Toyota Tacoma
  • Best New Convertible: Mercedes-Benz SLK 350
  • Best New Alternative Power: Honda Accord Hybrid

This year’s category winners represent the best among a group of new cars and trucks for 2005, as selected by a professional group of automotive experts who test drive, and report on, new vehicles in various media.

Every year, this group of automotive experts, meet at Shannonville Motorsport Park near Belleville, Ontario, for a four-day automotive “TestFest” based on “real-world” back-to-back testing to select the best new vehicles in various categories as well as an overall Car of the Year and Truck of the Year. “A record number of 64 vehicle entries were performance-tested for acceleration, braking and passing times, at least four times each. In addition, journalists were running an average of 10 driving loops a day during team and individual testing over the 4 day period,” said Car of the Year Director Laurance Yap.

The awards program also includes a “Best New Technology” award and the “Best New Design” award.

The overall Canadian Car and Truck of the Year will be announced on February 16th, 2005 in conjunction with the official opening of the 2005 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Ontario. The Best New Design and Best New Technology winners will also be declared at that time.

To obtain a copy of the comparative test and performance data as well as the actual “Best New” vote results, visit

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