TORONTO – The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada has rounded out its finalists for the 2020 Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, and the Jaguar I-Pace has a chance to record an unprecedented back-to-back victory.
Canadian Car, Utility Vehicle of the Year finalists announced
FINALISTS FOR CANADIAN CAR OF THE YEAR:
Mazda3 (Best Small Car in Canada for 2020)
Mercedes-Benz A-Class (Best Small Premium Car in Canada for 2020)
Porsche 911 Carrera (Best Premium Sports-Performance Car in Canada for 2020)
FINALISTS FOR CANADIAN UTILITY VEHICLE OF THE YEAR:
Jaguar I-PACE (Best Premium EV in Canada for 2020)
Kia Telluride (Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2020)
Ram 1500 EcoDiesel (Best Pick-up in Canada for 2020)
Jaguar's I-PACE already earned a back-to-back victory in the category of Best Premium EV in Canada, having taken home the award for 2019 and 2020. It now has a chance to repeat in the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year category.
The Mazda3 has already been recognized as Best Small Car in Canada for 2020. The compact sedan is a repeat winner in its category and was AJAC's Canadian Car of the Year in 2004.
"AJAC's Canadian Car of the Year category award winners are those vehicles deemed by our members to be the cars, SUVs, and trucks that are best suited to the realities of driving in Canada," Stephanie Wallcraft, AJAC president, said in a statement.
The three finalist cars and utility vehicles were qualified from among the 12 category winners announced on Jan. 16 at the Montreal International Auto Show.
Results from AJAC journalist member ballots are audited by international accounting firm KPMG and remain under wraps until the moment the envelopes are opened. The winners of the 2020 Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year will be announced at the opening ceremonies of the Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) Feb. 13 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's John Bassett Theatre.
The CIAS runs from Feb. 14 to Feb. 23.