The top three finalists for 2015 Canadian Car of the Year and 2015 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year were announced today at the Montreal International Auto Show by executive members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
Due to a tie, there are four finalists vying for the 2015 Canadian Car of the Year title to be declared on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in Toronto:
Mercedes-Benz C 300 4MATIC
The 2015 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year will also be declared on February 12th. The top three finalists in this category are:
Porsche Macan S
*Please note that the finalists in both categories are listed in alphabetical order, and not according to the results of the vote count.
On December 2, 2014, fifteen “Best New” category winners were announced by the AJAC organization and became eligible for the top honours. It is important to mention that Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Subaru were all double winners. Other category winners were BMW, Ford, Honda, Kia, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
The fifteen “Best New” categories cover the full new-model spectrum, including “Best New Small Car,” “Best New Luxury Car,” and “Best New SUV/CUV.” Most mainstream categories are further divided by price, such as over or under $35,000, to better provide fair and relevant comparison.
The category winners represent the vote results by a group of 73 of Canada’s best-known automotive journalists, who gathered this October in Niagara Falls, Ontario for a five-day “TestFest” test-drive evaluation of brand-new or significantly changed vehicle models.
“TestFest is the most intensive new vehicle evaluation process on the planet,” said CCOTY Co-Chair, Gary Grant. “No other organization employs such stringent testing methods to determine their car of year award winners. Data driven and Canadian expertise: that’s what makes an AJAC winner”.
“Our program is absolutely testing-based”, explains CCOTY Co-Chair Justin Pritchard. “We’ve got dozens of experienced vehicle testers driving dozens of vehicles, back to back, over the course of several days. This testing process generated 1,640 test drives producing approximately 106,405 data points and 500 category ballots. It’s important to note that every aspect of this testing data is shared online via our web site so that shoppers can see how a given vehicle won its category, or how it stacked up to the category winner”.