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AJAC Announces 2017 Canadian Car of the Year Winners


The results are in. The Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced the winners of the 2017 Canadian Car of the Year awards yesterday. The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack won the 2017 Canadian Car of the Year, while the Subaru Forester was named the 2017 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

AJAC announced the winners at a press conference held at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. And the association also named the three finalists for two "Green" Canadian Car of the Year awards.

2017 Canadian Car of the Year Winners and Process

Volkswagen Alltrack

AJAC is comprised of some of Canada's best-known and most respected automotive journalists. They gather every year to test all new and significantly updated vehicles for that model year at an event they call "TestFest."

AJAC members categorize the vehicles and also score them on dozens of factors. The scoring ultimately leads to which vehicles become eligible for the Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY) awards. The program is currently in its 32nd year.

Back in December, AJAC named eight overall category winners.

  • Best New Small Car: Hyundai Elantra
  • Best New Large Car: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
  • Best New Large Premium Car: Buick LaCrosse
  • Best New Sports/Performance Car: Hyundai Elantra Sport
  • Best New Premium Sports/Performance Car: BMW M2
  • Best New Small Utility: Subaru Forester
  • Best New Large Utility: Chrysler Pacifica
  • Best New Premium Utility Vehicle: Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

So, that's how we got to yesterday, where the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack was named the 2017 Canadian Car of the Year and the Subaru Forester won the 2017 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year award.Subaru Forester

The Alltrack beat out the Hyundai Elantra, BMW M2 and Buick LaCrosse, which finished second, third and fourth, respectively. Meanwhile, the Forester topped the second-place Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic and third-place Chrysler Pacifica.

Canadian Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced

AJAC also announced the top three finalists vying for the 2017 Canadian Green Car and Green Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.

2017 Canadian Green Car of the Year finalists:

  • Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
  • Kia Optima HEV
  • Toyota Prius (w/ Technology Package)

2017 Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year finalists:

  • Mazda CX-9
  • Subaru Forester
  • Toyota Rav4 Hybrid (w/ Technology Package)

In addition to meeting the standard CCOTY requirements, "Green" car finalists also have to meet additional criteria for fuel efficiency based on size, powertrain, and purpose.

AJAC will declare the winners for these two awards on March 28th.

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