So over the last week, the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) had assembled in the Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario to see which cars are the best in their category. The winners in each category will then go head to head with each other to name just one Car of the Year and Truck of the Year, which will be announced at the Toronto International Auto Show on February 16, 2012.
For now, here is the list of winners per category:
BEST NEW SMALL CAR (under $21k) – Hyundai Accent
BEST NEW SMALL CAR (over $21k) – Hyundai Elantra
BEST NEW FAMILY CAR (under $30k) – Kia Optima
BEST NEW FAMILY CAR (over $30k) – Kia Optima Hybrid
BEST NEW LUXURY CAR – Mercedes-Benz C350 4MATIC
BEST NEW PRESTIGE CAR (over $75k) – Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC
BEST NEW SPORTS/PERFORMANCE CAR (under $50k) – Hyundai Veloster
BEST NEW SPORTS/PERFORMANCE CAR (over $50k) – BMW 1M
BEST NEW SUV/CUV (under $35k) – Dodge Journey
BEST NEW SUV/CUV ($35k-$60k) – Volkswagen Touareg TDI
BEST NEW SUV/CUV (over $60k) – BMW X3
Interestingly, the only American brand to have a category winner is Dodge, and the country with the most winners on this list is S. Korea, while no Japanese car made the cut.