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2018 Car & Utility Vehicle of the Year Finalists Announced


AJAC journalists have cast their ballots, and the finalists for the 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards have now been announced. Amidst some tough competition, Mazda has pulled far ahead, representing half of the nominees.

Among the finalist for the Canadian Car of the Year award sit the Mazda 3, Honda Accord, and Volvo S90/V90. The three vehicles up for the Utility Vehicle of the Year award include the Mazda CX-5, Mazda Cx-9, and the Canadian-made Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

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Toughest Nomination Ever

Voting regulations were altered this year to allow for a bigger pool of eligible competitors, making it even more impressive that Mazda counted so highly among finalists.

Voters were able to choose from all new vehicles available to Canadian buyers, unlike previous years. Before, only totally redesigned vehicles or those reequipped with new technology were considered for the awards.

The winners will be announced at the Canadian international AutoShow on February 15th.

Who’s is AJAC?

AJAC stands for the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.

It is an association of professional journalists, writers, and photographers who cover the automotive industry. Aside from test-driving and reporting on new vehicles, AJAC’s stated mission is to promote professionalism in Canadian automotive journalism, in order to ensure reporting meets high standards, both in terms of facts and ethics.

The annual Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards are a big part of AJAC’s association. Through open and fair voting standards, they strive to provide consumers with sound comparative data they can count on when it comes to car shopping.

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