Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – The category winners of the Canadian Car of the Year awards have been announced by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Association members have spent the week test-driving 2012 vehicles to determine the winners.
To be eligible, a vehicle must be all-new or substantially redesigned. All vehicles in a segment are driven by journalists in back-to-back testing, all on the same day and on the same routes.
The category winners will be assessed and the overall Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year winners will be announced at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto in February 2012.
Winners in the individual categories are:
Best New Small Car Under $21,000: Hyundai Accent
Best New Small Car Over $21,000: Hyundai Elantra
Best New Family Car Under $30,000: Kia Optima
Best New Family Car Over $30,000: Kia Optima Hybrid
Best New Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz C-Class C350 4Matic Sedan
Best New Sports/Performance Car Under $50,000: Hyundai Veloster
Best New Sports/Performance Car Over $50,000: BMW 1 Series M Coupe
Best New Prestige Car Over $75,000: Mercedes-Benz S-Class S350 BlueTEC 4Matic
Best New SUV/CUV Under $35,000: Dodge Journey
Best New SUV/CUV $35,000-$60,000: Volkswagen Touareg TDI
Best New SUV/CUV Over $60,000: BMW X3