Toronto, Ontario – The Volkswagen Touareg TDI was named the 2012 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) at a press conference this morning at the Canadian International Auto Show.

The Touareg TDI won the “Best New SUV/CUV ($35,000 to $60,000)” class when the category winners were announced in October 2011. All “Best New” category winners are eligible to compete for the overall crown of either the “Canadian Car of the Year” or “Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year”.

“Winning this award is a tremendous honour, said Mr. John White, President of Volkswagen Canada.”The Volkswagen Touareg is extremely capable both on and off road, and surrounds its passengers in comfort and luxury. We are very pleased to be recognized for all of the hard work our engineers and designers have put in.”

AJAC’s Canadian Car of the Year Awards chair, Richard Russell, said: “We are extremely proud of the Canadian Car of the Year program. We have gained a great deal of experience and made continual adjustments to the program through the last twenty-six years as the market and vehicles have evolved. The goal has always been to provide Canadian consumers with the most accurate, unbiased and useful information possible to assist them in making purchase decisions. This is possible because of the participation of more than 70 experienced experienced automotive reviewers, thorough evaluation procedures and the impartiality assured by secret ballots submitted to and tabulated by the international accounting firm of KPMG.”

The vote results that determined today’s winners are available to consumers as a resource buying guide on the AJAC web site. Also available are the comparative test data derived from the journalists’ extensive four day evaluation of 170 new vehicles in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario in October. This annual event is known in the industry as “TestFest”.

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