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Mazda and Kia Win Big at AJAC Canadian Car of the Year Awards


By: Nicholas Maronese –

Mazda, Kia and about a half-dozen other automakers took home category wins in the contest for Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility of the Year mid-January, ahead of the overall winner of both titles being announced in mid-February.

The 12 cars were selected from a pool of 55 new-for-2019 vehicles by close to 70 members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and the awards they’d earned were handed to their manufacturers January 17 at the Montreal International Auto Show.

Mazda picked up the most hardware, with three trophies, for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Best Sports-Performance Car; the Mazda CX-5, the Best Mid-Size Utility; and the Mazda CX-9, the Best Large Utility.

Kia came next, with the Best Small Car and Best Large Car titles, for its Forte and Stinger, respectively. Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Chrysler, Ford, Infiniti, Hyundai and Jaguar rounded out the winning brands.

Best Small Car in Canada for 2019
Kia Forte

Best Large Car in Canada for 2019
Kia Stinger

Best Mid-Size Premium Car in Canada for 2019

Mercedes-Benz E 400 4MATIC

Best Large Premium Car in Canada for 2019
Volvo V90 R-Design

Best Sports-Performance Car in Canada for 2019
Mazda MX-5

Best Small Utility in Canada for 2019
Hyundai Kona

Best Mid-Size Utility in Canada for 2019
Mazda CX-5

Best Large Utility in Canada for 2019
Mazda CX-9

Best Mid-Size Premium Utility in Canada for 2019
Infiniti QX50

Best Pick-up Truck in Canada for 2019
Ford F150 Diesel

Best EV in Canada for 2019
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Best Premium EV in Canada for 2019
Jaguar I-PACE

All 12 vehicles are eligible for the Canadian Car of the Year and Utility of the Year title, which will be named at the opening of Toronto’s Canadian International Auto Show in mid-February. The Canadian Green Car and Green Utility of the Year will be named a month later at the Vancouver International Auto Show.


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