Hosting its annual week-long Test Fest, the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada has announced its picks for Car of the Year in 11 categories with the Cadillac ATS and Ford Focus ST, among others, taking awards.
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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.
The Automobile Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) has just released its list of contestants for this years competition, which will be held in the Niagara region of Ontario.
Last year the winner was the Chevrolet Cruze. Which will win this year? The results will be revealed at the Toronto International Auto Show in February 2012. The North American Car of the Year list was published earlier this year.
Hit the jump to see the full list:
After taking top honors for the North American Car of the Year at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, it’s no surprise that the Hyundai Genesis has also claimed to top prize from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).
The Genesis appears to be the right car for the times, a well-priced luxury sedan from an automaker known more for well-built entry-level economy cars. In other words, the Genesis is all about value.
Coming standard with a 310hp V6, the Genesis also features an optional 375hp 4.6-liter V8.
This marks the first time Hyundai or any Korean automaker has won the AJAC Car of the Year award.