The inaugural Canadian Green Car of the Year competition is approaching the finish line. At the Canadian International Auto show in Toronto today, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced the four finalists for this first-ever award.
A growing interest by Canadians in buying the most ecologically sound vehicle that meets their needs helped create the Canadian Green Car of the Year award program.
Unlike some other such programs, it's not just an on-paper (or on-screen) process. Testing procedures for this diverse group of vehicles followed the standards for testing used by AJAC for its other Car of the Year awards, which includes hands-on, same day, back to back testing on public roads as well as dynamic handling testing and static evaluations.
The basis for the award isn't limited just to good efficiency figures, although they naturally play a part. AJAC recognizes that consumers need the choice of a variety of vehicles to satisfy the diverse needs of their individual lives.
That means all aspects of a vehicle’s usefulness as well as its minimal footprint on the planet must be considered in the testing and voting.
There are four rather than three finalists for the Canadian Green Car of the Year award, because of a tie for third place in the voting. They are: Honda Fit, Kia Soul EV, Subaru Legacy and Toyota Camry Hybrid.