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 (driving.ca gallery)
SMALL CAR, over $21k
Winner: Chevrolet Cruze (driving.ca gallery)
Kia Forte 5
FAMILY CAR, under $30k
Winner: Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel (driving.ca gallery)
Hyundai Sonata Limited
FAMILY CAR, over $30k
Winner: Buick Regal (driving.ca gallery)
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon
LUXURY CAR, over $50k
Winner: BMW 5 Series Sedan (driving.ca gallery)
Cadillac CTS Coupe
Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC Sedan
PRESTIGE, over $75k
Winner: Porsche 911 Turbo S (driving.ca gallery)
Audi R8 Spyder
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
Jaguar XJ Supercharged
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
SPORTS – PERFORMANCE, over $50k
Winner: Cadillac CTS-V Coupe (driving.ca gallery)
Ford Mustang Shelby
Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet
Winner: Toyota Sienna (driving.ca gallery)
SUV – CUV, under $35k
Winner: Hyundai Tucson (driving.ca gallery)
SUV – CUV, under $50k
Winner: Ford Edge (driving.ca gallery)
Honda Accord Crosstour
Hyundai Santa Fe
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
SUV – CUV, over $50k
Winner: Volkswagen Touareg (driving.ca gallery)
Ford Lincoln MKX
Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTEC
Photograph by: Derek McNaughton, Postmedia News