Category Winners Announced

by Greg Wilson

December 7, 1999 – Eleven 2000 Car of the Year Award category winners were announced today by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) at an awards ceremony held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto. AJAC is an association of professional automotive journalists who test-drive, and report on, new vehicles in various media.

Gerry Malloy, AJAC’s president of the Canadian Car of the Year Awards, explained that, “the winners represent the best among an excellent group of new cars and trucks for 2000, as selected by a sophisticated voting process based on back-to-back, real-world testing.”

Testing is done annually in late October at Shannonville Motorsport Park near Belleville, Ontario. The four-day ‘TestFest’ includes a rigorous testing program with acceleration, braking, vehicle dynamics, manoeuvrability, and off-road driving, where applicable. The testing program also includes “real world” driving on public roads. Journalists vote for the best new vehicles in several categories as well as the overall Canadian Car of the Year, Canadian Truck of the Year, and the “Best New Design” award. A select panel of AJAC technical experts also votes on the “Best New Technology” award. All voting is done by a secret ballot.

These ballots are then tabulated by the international accounting firm KPMG and the results are kept confidential until the awards ceremony in December. The results are posted to the AJAC web site along with the comparative test data from the TestFest. The overall 2000 Canadian Car of the Year winner, as well as the Best New Design Award and the Best New Technology Award, will be announced February 17th, 2000 at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

Here then, are the category winners, runners up, and also-rans in each category (also-rans are in alphabetical order). Since there was only one truck category this year, Best New SUV, the category winner (Nissan Xterra), automatically becomes overall Truck of the Year.

AJAC – 2000 Car of the Year Awards

December 7, 1999

Ford Focus
Ford Focus

Best New Economy Car:
Winner: Ford Focus LX
Finalists: Chrysler Neon, Hyundai Elantra
Also rans: Daewoo Lanos S 1.6, Daewoo Nubira SX 2.0, Hyundai Accent, Kia Sephia.

Best New Family Car (under $25,000):
Winner: Ford Focus ZTS
Finalists: Volkswagen Golf, Saturn LSI
Also rans: Chrysler Cirrus LX, Chrysler Neon LX, Daewoo Leganza CDX 2.2


Nissan Maxima
Nissan Maxima

Best New Family Car (over $25,000):
Winner: Nissan Maxima GXE
Finalists: Chevrolet Impala, Subaru Legacy L
Also rans: Subaru Outback, Volkswagen Jetta


Infiniti I30
Infiniti I30

Best New Luxury Car:
Winner: Infiniti I30
Finalist: Lincoln LS – V8
Buick LeSabre Limited



Audi A6
Audi A6

Best New Prestige Car:

Winner: Audi A6 4.2
Finalist: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Also rans: Cadillac Deville DTS, Jaguar S-Type


Audi TT
Audi TT Quattro Coupe

Best New Sports Car:

Winner: Audi TT Quattro Coupe
Finalists: Honda S2000, Porsche Boxster S



Honda Civic SiR
Honda Civic SiR

Best New Sports Coupe:
TIE WIN: Honda Civic SiR AND Ford Focus ZX3

Finalist: BMW 323Ci, Volkswagen Beetle 1.8
Also rans: Daewoo Lanos SX 1.6, Hyundai Tiburon



BMW 328ci
BMW 328ci

Best New Luxury Coupe:
Winner: BMW 328 Ci
Finalists: Mercedes-Benz CLK320, Saab Viggen 9-3



Best New Sports Sedan:
Winner: Nissan Maxima SE
Finalists: Mercedes-Benz E55, BMW M5
Also rans: Audi A6 2.7T, Audi S4, Lincoln LS V6, Pontiac Bonneville SSEi, Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS sedan, Subaru Legacy GT sedan


Saturn LW2
Saturn LW2

Best New Station Wagon:
Winner: Saturn LW2
Finalists: Subaru Legacy GT, Subaru Legacy L Wagon, Ford Focus Wagon SE
Also rans: Daewoo Nubira CDX 2.0, Hyundai Elantra, Saab 9-5 Wagon


Nissan Xterra
Nissan Xterra

Best New Sport Utility:
Winner: Nissan Xterra
Finalists: Subaru Outback Limited, BMW X5
Also rans: Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon XL, Kia Sportage

*2000 Canadian Truck of the Year:
Winner: Nissan Xterra

Click here to learn why some worthy contenders weren’t in the running.

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