Canadian Car of the Year winners

After a week of back-to-back testing, the 2011 Best New vehicle awards covering 11 categories were announced Friday by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada during its annual TestFest.

Only model-year 2011, and those that are new or substantially redesigned for the model year are eligible in the program that this year saw 70 auto writers from across the country participate. Over several days this week, the writers evaluated 48 new models in 11 categories, ranging from the 2011 Audi R8 Spyder to the Ford Fiesta.

General Motors, Ford and Volkswagen were the big winners, with three, two and two wins respectively. General Motors won for its Chevrolet Cruze in the small car over $21,000 category as well as the Buick Regal in the family car category; the Cadillac CTS-V took the sports-performance class.

Ford won for its European-designed Fiesta in the small car under $21,000 class, but also took the trophy for best new SUV under $50,000 for the Oakville, Ont.-built Ford Edge.

Volkswagen went home with wins in the family car under $30,000 group for the new Jetta TDI clean diesel as well as best new SUV over $50,000 for the Touareg.

All the winners are now entered into AJAC’s competition for Canadian Car of the Year, as well as Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. Those winners will be announced in February at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

Here are the winners of the categories:

SMALL CAR, under $21k

Winner: Ford Fiesta ( gallery)

Competed against:
Scion xB
Scion xD
Volkswagen Jetta

SMALL CAR, over $21k

Winner: Chevrolet Cruze ( gallery)

Competed against:
Honda CR-Z
Kia Forte 5
Nissan Juke
Scion tC

FAMILY CAR, under $30k

Winner: Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel ( gallery)

Competed against:
Hyundai Sonata Limited
Suzuki Kizashi

FAMILY CAR, over $30k

Winner: Buick Regal ( gallery)

Competed against:
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon
Toyota Avalon

LUXURY CAR, over $50k

Winner: BMW 5 Series Sedan ( gallery)

Competed against:
Audi A8
Cadillac CTS Coupe
Hyundai Equus
Infiniti M
Lexus IS350
Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC Sedan
Volvo S60

PRESTIGE, over $75k

Winner: Porsche 911 Turbo S ( gallery)

Competed against:
Audi R8 Spyder
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
Jaguar XJ Supercharged
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG


Winner: Cadillac CTS-V Coupe ( gallery)

Competed against:
Ford Mustang Shelby
Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet


Winner: Toyota Sienna ( gallery)

Competed against:
Honda Odyssey

SUV – CUV, under $35k

Winner: Hyundai Tucson ( gallery)

Competed against:
Kia Sportage
Mitsubishi RVR

SUV – CUV, under $50k

Winner: Ford Edge ( gallery)

Competed against:
Honda Accord Crosstour
Hyundai Santa Fe
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Kia Sorento
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Highlander Hybrid

SUV – CUV, over $50k

Winner: Volkswagen Touareg ( gallery)

Competed against:
Ford Lincoln MKX
Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTEC
Porsche Cayenne

Photograph by: Derek McNaughton, Postmedia News