Nissan Leaf named 2019 Canadian Green Car of the Year and Jaguar I-PACE named 2019 Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year by AJAC at the Vancouver International Auto Show

VANCOUVER, March 19, 2019 /CNW/ - Nissan Leaf is the 2019 Canadian Green Car of the Year (CGCOTY) and the Jaguar I-PACE is the 2019 Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year (CGUVOTY) as decided upon by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) as announced today at the Vancouver International Auto Show.

"It's important for many Canadian drivers to be environmentally aware, and AJAC's Green Vehicle of the Year awards help them to make the responsible choice when it's time to buy a new car or utility vehicle," says Mark Richardson, President of AJAC. "If they can save money on fuel while also driving a vehicle with low emissions – or no emissions at all – then everybody wins."

Entries to the CGCOTY and CGUVOTY must meet the standard requirements for initial entry into the Canadian Car of the Year awards program, and additional criteria for fuel efficiency based on the entry's size, powertrain and purpose. In today's market, eco-friendly cars come in many styles, sizes, price-points and vehicle categories.

All entries are tested by AJAC journalists, who are among the most respected and objective sources of automotive opinion in Canada. Evaluation takes place over months on different road surfaces and road conditions throughout the year and during AJAC's autumn Test Fest event. These AJAC journalism professionals score all eligible entries on parameters including recharge time, driving range, vehicle dynamics, market significance, and overall value. Each of the scores is then weighted for relevance to the vehicle and category in question. The winning score also represents how the vehicle stacks up to its market segment competition, whether green or otherwise.

From March 19th -24th 2019, the overall award-winning vehicles in each Green category will be on display for the duration of the Vancouver International Auto Show.

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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