Category Finalists Announced for AJAC 2019 Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards

Winners to be revealed at Montreal International Auto Show on January 17, 2019

TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2018 /CNW/ - The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced today 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.

More than 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. Journalists drive the qualifying entries, which for the 2019 program saw last year's category winners compete against next-generation or significantly updated vehicles, on the same roads and in the same conditions experienced by Canadian drivers from coast to coast.

The next step in the 2019 Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards will see the winning vehicles in each of these 12 categories announced on January 17, 2019, at the Montreal International Auto Show. The overall winners will be revealed as part of the opening ceremonies for the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on February 14, 2019, and 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.

2019 Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year Category Finalists:

Small Car:
Honda Insight
Kia Forte
Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Large Car:
Kia Stinger
Mazda6
Toyota Avalon

Mid-Size Premium Car:
Genesis G70
Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC Wagon
Mercedes-Benz E 400 4MATIC

Large Premium Car:
Lexus LS
Volvo V90 R-Design

Sports-Performance Car:
Ford Mustang
Mazda MX-5
Volkswagen Golf R

Small Utility:
Hyundai Kona
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Nissan Kicks

Mid-Size Utility:
Jeep Cherokee
Mazda CX-5
Subaru Forester

Large Utility
Hyundai Santa Fe
Mazda CX-9
Subaru Ascent

Mid-Size Premium Utility:
Acura RDX
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Infiniti QX50

Pick-up:
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Ford F150 Diesel
Ram 1500

EV:
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Nissan LEAF
Volkswagen e-Golf

Premium EV:
Jaguar I-PACE
Volvo S90 T8
Volvo XC60 T8

About the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) is an association of professional journalists, writers, photographers, and corporate members whose focus is the automobile and the Canadian automotive industry. Collectively, our primary objectives are to promote, encourage, support, and facilitate professionalism in Canadian automotive journalism and to ensure factual and ethical reporting about the automobile and automotive issues to Canadian consumers. This is achieved through the work of our members and AJAC's annual vehicle testing and evaluation events, the Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards (CCOTY and CUVOTY), Innovation Awards, and EcoRun.

SOURCE Automobile Journalists Association of Canada

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