EIGHT “BEST NEW” WIN­NERS AN­NOUNCED FOR 2017 AJAC’S 2017 CANA­DIAN CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

TAY­LOR, CCOTY COM­MIT­TEE MEM­BER EX­PE­RI­ENCE, SUBARU CANADA INC., WITH DAVID TAY­LOR, CCOTY COM­MIT­TEE MEM­BER

Road Today - - Ajac Awards -

Eight “Best New” cat­e­gory win­ners were an­nounced last month by the Au­to­mo­bile Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada, bet­ter known as AJAC. The re­sults were tab­u­lated by KPMG, the ac­count­ing firm that works with the as­so­ci­a­tion and its Cana­dian Car of the Year awards.

The eight “Best New” cat­e­gories cover the full new-model spec­trum, in­clud­ing Best New Small Car, Best New Sports/ Per­for­mance Car, and Best New Util­ity Ve­hi­cle. Most of th­ese core cat­e­gories are then fur­ther bro­ken down into Small, Large and Pre­mium to cover a wide range of types of ve­hi­cles.

The ve­hi­cles named will now com­pete for the over­all Cana­dian Car of the Year and Cana­dian Util­ity Ve­hi­cle of the Year hon­ours, which will be an­nounced at the Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional Auto Show in Toronto in Fe­bru­ary. AJAC will also an­nounce the win­ners of its Cana­dian Green Car of the Year awards at the Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Auto Show in March.

The cat­e­gory win­ners rep­re­sent the vot­ing re­sults by the largest group of Canada’s best-known au­to­mo­tive jour­nal­ists, who gath­ered this Oc­to­ber in Clar­ing­ton, On­tario for a four-day test-drive eval­u­a­tion of brand-new or sig­nif­i­cantly changed mod­els. The event, known as “Test­fest,” was hosted by Cana­dian Tire Mo­tor­sport Park, and wel­comed Miche­lin, BF Goodrich, Cana­dian Black Book and the Steel Mar­ket De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute as part­ners, for this year’s pro­gram.

“Test­fest is the most in­ten­sive new-ve­hi­cle eval­u­a­tion process on the planet,” said Gary Grant, cochair of the Cana­dian Car of the Year com­mit­tee. “No other or­ga­ni­za­tion em­ploys such strin­gent test­ing meth­ods to de­ter­mine its award win­ners.”

The rig­or­ous test­ing pro­gram in­cludes real-world driv­ing on pub­lic roads, ex­actly where con­sumers drive, so the test data and vote re­sults are di­rectly rel­e­vant to po­ten­tial car and util­ity ve­hi­cle buy­ers. The re­sults are not based on the per­sonal opin­ion of just one or two jour­nal­ists. In­stead, over 60 au­to­mo­tive jour­nal­ists each drove ve­hi­cles in their cat­e­gories backto-back on the same day, un­der the same con­di­tions, to en­sure fair and ob­jec­tive com­par­isons.

“Our pro­gram is ab­so­lutely test­ing­based,” said Justin Pritchard, cochair of the Cana­dian Car of the Year com­mit­tee. “We have dozens of ex­pe­ri­enced ve­hi­cle testers driv­ing dozens of ve­hi­cles, back to back, over the course of sev­eral days. This test­ing process gen­er­ated 1,384 test drives, pro­duc­ing over 100,000 data points and 1058 cat­e­gory bal­lots. It’s im­por­tant to note that every as­pect of this test­ing data is shared on­line via our web­site, so shop­pers can see how any given ve­hi­cle won its cat­e­gory, or how it stacked up to the cat­e­gory win­ner.”

And the win­ners are…..:

2017 CANA­DIAN CAR OF THE YEAR “BEST NEW” CAT­E­GORY FI­NAL­ISTS

BEST NEW SMALL CAR

Hyundai Elantra, with 682 points, and scor­ing high­est in Value. 2nd place Chevrolet Cruze with 680 points. 3rd place Subaru Im­preza with 679 points.

BEST NEW LARGE CAR

Volk­swa­gen Golf (All­track), with 680 points, and scor­ing high­est in Ex­te­rior Styling, Throt­tle and En­gine & Trans­mis­sion Per­for­mance. 2nd place Chevrolet Mal­ibu Hy­brid with 674 points. 3rd place Kia Op­tima HEV with 672 points.

BEST NEW LARGE PRE­MIUM CAR

Buick Lacrosse, with 656 points, and scor­ing high­est in Fuel Ef­fi­ciency. 2nd place Volvo S90 with 655 points. 3rd place Mercedes-benz E-class (E 300 4MATIC) with 653 points.

BEST NEW SPORTS / PER­FOR­MANCE CAR

Hyundai Elantra (Sport), with 682 points, and scor­ing high­est in Oc­cu­pant En­vi­ron­ment and Ride Dy­nam­ics. 2nd place Ford Fo­cus RS with 670 points. 3rd place Fiat 124 Spi­der with 637 points.

BEST NEW PRE­MIUM SPORTS / PER­FOR­MANCE CAR

BMW M2, with 658 points, and scor­ing high­est in Value. 2nd place Porsche 911 (Car­rera 4S) with 656 points. 3rd place Mercedes-amg C-class Coupe (AMG C 63 S) with 648 points.

BEST NEW SMALL UTIL­ITY

Subaru Forester, with 678 points, and scor­ing high­est in Value, Off-road Ca­pa­bil­ity and Oc­cu­pant En­vi­ron­nent. 2nd place Ford Es­cape with 670

BEST NEW LARGE UTIL­ITY

Chrysler Pacifica, with 664 points, and scor­ing high­est in In­te­rior Styling, Oc­cu­pant En­vi­ron­nent and Ride Dy­nam­ics. 2nd place Mazda CX-9 with 663 points. 3rd place GMC Aca­dia with 634 points.

BEST NEW PRE­MIUM UTIL­ITY VE­HI­CLE

Mercedes-benz GLC (GLC 300 4MATIC), with 658 points, and scor­ing high­est in Value, Noise, Vi­bra­tion and Harsh­ness (N/V/H). 2nd place Buick En­vi­sion with 654 points. 3rd place Cadillac XT-5 with 650 points.

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