The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) has revealed the three finalists in each of 12 vehicle categories that will ultimately determine the 2019 Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year.
There are some fascinating battles right through the categories. In the Large Car class for example, Kia’s impressive new Stinger takes on two well established contenders, the Mazda6 and Toyota Avalon.
Another Korean newcomer, the Genesis G70, goes head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC Wagon and Mercedes-Benz E 400 4MATIC for the title of Mid-Size Premium Car.
And in the new Premium EV category, Jaguar’s first battery-electric vehicle, the I-PACE, is battling with Volvo’s S90 T8 and XC60 T8. Scroll down for the full list of finalists.
The Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY) awards are valued by car and truck buyers and highly respected by the auto makers themselves.
The program dates back to 1985, when Volkswagen’s Golf and Jetta were the Domestic and Import Sedans of the Year, the Saab 900 Turbo 16 was named Best New Sports Sedan and the Chrysler Magicwagon was awarded Best New Light Truck/Van/Utility!
This year, some 1,500 ballots were submitted over more than six months by AJAC journalist members, who collectively comprise the most esteemed group of professional automotive media in Canada, with several contributors to TractionLife.com among their number.
Journalists drive the qualifying entries, which for the 2019 program comprise last year’s category winners competing against next-generation or significantly updated vehicles, on the same roads and in the same conditions experienced by Canadian drivers from coast to coast.
In addition, AJAC members can attend the TestFest event in October, based at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario. There, vehicles can be evaluated in identical conditions on public roads, on a closed-road handling course, on challenging off-road trails and – for sports and performance cars – on track.
What happens next?
The next step in the 2019 Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards comes when the winning vehicles in each of the 12 categories are announced on January 17, 2019, at the Montreal International Auto Show.
The overall winners will then be revealed as part of the opening ceremonies for the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on February 14, 2019. It was here in 2018 that the Honda Accord and Chrysler Pacifica took home the trophies.
Finally, the Canadian Green Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards will be presented at the Vancouver International Auto Show on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. These eco-friendly machines will take over from the 2018 winners, the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Kia Niro.
2019 Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year Category Finalists
Best Small Car:
Toyota Corolla Hatchback
Best Large Car:
Best Mid-Size Premium Car:
Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC Wagon
Mercedes-Benz E 400 4MATIC
Best Large Premium Car:
Volvo V90 R-Design
Best Sports-Performance Car:
Volkswagen Golf R
Best Small Utility:
Best Mid-Size Utility:
Best Large Utility
Hyundai Santa Fe
Best Mid-Size Premium Utility:
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Best Premium EV:
Volvo S90 T8
Volvo XC60 T8