Posted Dec 3rd 2014 2:00PM
The votes are in and the test drives are done, as the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) has just announced its list of winners for the Canadian Car of the Year Awards.
The list of 15 best cars in Canada covers a wide range of popular categories including Best New Small Car, Best New Luxury Car, and the highly sought after Best New SUV/CUV title. Most mainstream categories are further divided by price, such as over or under $35,000, to better provide fair and relevant comparison.
The category winners represent the vote results by the largest group of Canada's best-known automotive journalists (including our own Autoblog Canada Editor Mark Pereira), who gathered this October in Niagara Falls, ON for a five-day "TestFest" evaluation of brand-new (or significantly changed) vehicles eligible for the Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY) awards.
We've got dozens of experienced vehicle testers driving dozens of vehicles, back to back, over the course of several days. This testing process generated 1,640 test drives producing approximately 106,405 data points and 500 category ballots, explains CCOTY Co-Chair Justin Pritchard
The rigorous Canadian Car of the Year testing program includes real world driving on public roads – exactly where consumers drive - so that the test data and vote results are directly relevant to potential car and truck buyers. The results are not based on the personal opinion of just one or two journalists. Instead, the 73 automotive journalists each drove a vehicle in 15 categories back-to-back on the same day, under the same conditions, to ensure fair and objective comparisons. The results are then tabulated by KPMG, the accounting firm that works with AJAC and its Canadian Car of the Year awards.
And the Canadian Car of the Year winners are...