The frontrunners for the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and 2018 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year awards were announced today at a media event held at the Montreal International Auto Show / Salon de l’Auto. A total of 14 category winners will now compete for the top prize with a separate round of voting by the AJAC members taking place in the coming weeks. Winners will be announced on media day at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto on February 15.
Additional details provided in the official press release are as follows:
Seven vehicle manufacturers moved closer today to winning the ultimate accolades of 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and 2018 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. The big winners were Mazda and Jaguar Land Rover, with three wins each. Honda/Acura, Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won two categories each.
Category winners were chosen by nearly 100 voting members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, who assessed the vehicles throughout the year by driving them and testing them in a variety of conditions. They were scored anonymously on many different factors, including performance, features, technology, design, fuel consumption and value for money, and the highest scorers in each category were declared the winners.
“Our voting policy was changed this year to make it more relevant for today’s car buyers,” said AJAC President Mark Richardson. “Our journalists are all experts in their automotive fields, and I’m very proud of their ability to help people decide on the best new vehicles to buy in 2018.”
Category winners announced today are:
BEST CITY CAR IN CANADA FOR 2018
BEST SMALL CAR IN CANADA FOR 2018
BEST LARGE CAR IN CANADA FOR 2018
BEST SMALL PREMIUM CAR IN CANADA FOR 2018
BEST LARGE PREMIUM CAR IN CANADA FOR 2018
Volvo S90 / V90
BEST SPORTS – PERFORMANCE CAR IN CANADA FOR 2018
Volkswagen Golf R
BEST PREMIUM SPORTS – PERFORMANCE CAR IN CANADA FOR 2018
BEST CONVERTIBLE IN CANADA FOR 2018
BEST SMALL UTILITY VEHICLE IN CANADA FOR 2018
BEST LARGE UTILITY VEHICLE IN CANADA FOR 2018
BEST SMALL PREMIUM UTILITY VEHICLE IN CANADA FOR 2018
Range Rover Velar
BEST LARGE PREMIUM UTILITY VEHICLE IN CANADA FOR 2018
BEST MINIVAN IN CANADA FOR 2018
BEST PICK-UP TRUCK IN CANADA FOR 2018