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TestFest for the 2013 Canadian Car of the Year Awards event took place in Niagara-on-the-Lake in October, 2012.

Five days, 11 categories, 60 vehicles, more than 80 automotive journalists – including Globe Drive's Bob English, Ted Laturnus, Richard Russell, Michael Bettencourt and Dan Proudfoot – and one collective effort to get it right.

AJAC's annual TestFest roared to life last week as 60 new 2013 models were put through their paces to determine the best new vehicles in 11 categories.

From these 11 category winners, Automotive Journalists Association of Canada members will vote for the 2013 Canadian Car of the Year and the 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

The overall winners will be announced Feb. 14 during the media preview day at the Canadian International Auto Show.

The winners (Click on the links below for the full story and the other cars in each category):

Best New City Car: Ford Focus EV

Best New Small Car (under $21,000): Mazda3 Skyactiv Sedan

Best New Small Car (over $21,000): Hyundai Elantra GT

Best New Family Car (under $30,000): Honda Accord Sedan

Best New Family Car (over $30,000): Ford Fusion Hybrid

Best New Luxury Car: Cadillac ATS

Best New Prestige And Performance Car (over $75,000): Porsche 911 Carrera S

Best New Sports/performance Car (under $50,000): Ford Focus ST

Best New Sports/performance Car (over $50,000): Porsche Boxster

Best New SUV/CUV (under $35,000): Ford Escape 1.6 L EcoBoost

Best New SUV/CUV ($35,000-$60,000): Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T