Part 2: Economy (under $18,000), Sports Coupe/Sedan (under & over $30,000) Part 5: Compact SUVs, Pickups & “Green” vehicles
In this, the first instalment of a five-week series of articles on vehicles
entered for a Canadian Car of the Year (CCOY) 2001 award, we look at three
interesting categories. First up are the Family Cars over $25,000, then
Prestige Cars, where the sky is the limit when it comes to cost, and finally
Sports and Performance cars where dreams sometimes clash with reality.
Organised by the Automobile Journalists of Canada (AJAC), the CCOY evaluation
event called TestFest is an opportunity for every member of AJAC to drive
all the vehicles entered for an award back-to-back, on the same day and
under the same conditions. The voting is weighted to reflect differences in
price and performance depending on the entry category and we’ll reveal the
winners in December.
For the second year in a row, Toyota Canada is the only major manufacturer
not to enter vehicles in CCOY. The logic behind this decision is baffling
however rumour has it that Toyota will be back next year. In any case, I
don’t think Toyota would have had an entry in the categories reviewed today
and I will try to keep you posted on probable Toyota entries in the weeks
Family Cars (over $25,000)
As the demographics and lifestyles of the modern
family change so, it seems, will the vehicles that they drive. This was the
largest and probably the most difficult category to adjudicate, as it came
with such an amazing variety of offerings.
The high-priced wheels were all from Europe this year.
Audi A8 L:
The ‘L’ is for long wheelbase and this is a very long vehicle
with limo-like rear seating space. The six-figure asking price also made it
the most expensive car entered in CCOY. Despite its size this is a quick car
and an amazingly agile, good handling machine too. A 4.2 litre V8 engine,
with a 310 horsepower rating, provides the power. Base Price: $96,500 As tested: $106,110
Acceleration (0 to 100 km/hour): 7.3 seconds
Braking (100 to 0 km/hour): 42.0 metres
Fuel Consumption (litres/100 km): 13.8/9.8 city/highway
Sports and Performance
Forget function and logic, just let your imagination
run wild in this category!