After four days of back-to back testing and evaluation of new 2011 models during AJAC's TestFest in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont., the members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada have named the winners in 11 categories of the association's annual Canadian Car of the Year Awards program.
The winners are:
BEST NEW SMALL CAR (under $21,000): Ford Fiesta BEST NEW SMALL CAR (over $21,000): Chevrolet Cruze BEST NEW FAMILY CAR (under $30,000): Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel BEST NEW FAMILY CAR (over $30,000): Buick Regal BEST NEW LUXURY CAR (over $50,000): BMW 5-Series Sedan BEST NEW PRESTIGE CAR (over $75,000): Porsche 911 Turbo S BEST NEW SPORTS/PERFORMANCE CAR: Cadillac CTS-V Coupe BEST NEW MINIVAN: Toyota Sienna BEST NEW SUV/CUV (under $35,000): Hyundai Tucson BEST NEW SUV/CUV ($35,000-$50,000): Ford Edge BEST NEW SUV/CUV (over $50,000): Volkswagen Touareg
The 70 AJAC members that took part in the testing process now will vote on which of the 11 category winners will be named the 2011 Canadian Car of the Year and the 2011 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. The winners of these awards will be announced in February at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
To find more information about the winning models and the other contenders, click on the links below.
Will the Fiesta be Ford's first successful hatchback in North America?
A significant win for Chevrolet over Kia, Nissan and Honda
The Volkswagen pulled ahead of the favoured Hyundai Sonata in a close race
If price wasn't a factor, GM's Buick Regal would not have bested the Mercedes luxury sedan
Refinement and performance won the title for BMW in a large class of high-end cars
Rival German sports cars couldn't match the emotion a Porsche generates
'Quick and sophisticated' Caddy tops Shelby, Mercedes-Benz cabriolet
Sienna and Odyssey are the cream of the minivan crop
Price a factor when Tucson pulled ahead of similar South Korean model from Kia
Ford wins crowded crossover category with a well-equipped CUV
The winner was the vehicle that wasn't ridiculously expensive, a minivan in disguise... or butt-ugly