Finalists in Tight Race for Top Green Honours

AJAC's 2020 Canadian Green Car of the Year and 2020 Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year

What is a Green Vehicle?
It is a vehicle which, for its size and purpose, provides the Canadian consumer with environmentally-friendly returns that compare favourably with other vehicles in its class.

TORONTO, March 9, 2020 /CNW/ - The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced today the top three finalists in two overall award categories that comprise part of the association's Canadian Car of the Year awards program.

The top three finalists vying for the 2020 Canadian Green Car of the Year (CGCOTY) title to be declared on Wednesday March 25, 2020 are: the Nissan Altima, the Nissan LEAF PLUS and the Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered.

The 2020 Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year (CGUVOTY) will also be declared on March 25, 2020. The top three finalists in this category are:  the Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai NEXO and Jaguar I-PACE.

This year's finalists represent an impressive array of technology ranging from traditional internal-combustion engines, to hybrid drive systems, full electric and even a fuel-cell powertrain. 

Following Jaguar's unprecedented back-to-back wins in the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year and Premium EV categories, the I-PACE could make it a triple win by taking the overall award for Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year.  Nissan's LEAF could also snag a second-consecutive win for the overall Canadian Green Car of the Year. 

Entries for the CGCOTY and CGUVOTY must meet the standard requirements for the initial entry into the Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY) awards program, and additional criteria for fuel efficiency based on the entry's size, powertrain and purpose. This references the ideology that today's market sees Green cars come in many shapes, sizes, price-points and vehicle categories.

All entries are tested by several of Canada's top auto Journalists over several months on different road surfaces and different road conditions throughout the year as well as during a week-long event each fall, called Test Fest. The CGCOTY and CGUVOTY entries are first scored under AJAC's standard Canadian Car of the Year program protocol, which considers subjective and objective data for scoring. They are then further evaluated based on specific set of "green" criteria in addition to their other scores.

The overall winners in each category will be announced at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver International AutoShow on Wednesday March 25, 2020.

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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