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2017 AJAC Car and Utility awards: The final six

Top-three finalists for two overall awards announced at Montreal Auto Show

Published: January 19, 2017, 7:15 AM
Updated: January 21, 2017, 4:33 AM

All the contenders for 2016 Canadian Car of the Year - From an initial group of 34 vehicles, the ‘Best-New’ vehicles in eight categories, were selected by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), based on four days of intensive back-to-back testing in October. Three finalists for each of the overall 2017 AJAC Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year were then chosen from these eight category winners.  

At the Montreal auto show today, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced the top-three finalists for each of the 2017 Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle awards.

They were selected by AJAC member jurors based on four days of intensive back-to-back testing at and around Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly Mosport) last October.

From that process, the ‘Best New’ vehicles in eight categories were announced in December and these finalists were chosen from those winners.

The three finalists for Canadian Car of the Year are:

  • BMW M2 – Best New Premium Sports/Performance Car
  • Hyundai Elantra – Best New Small Car
  • Volkswagen Golf Alltrack – Best New Large Car

The three finalists for Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year are:

  • Chrysler Pacifica – Best New Large Utility
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic – Best New Premium Utility
  • Subaru Forester – Best New Small Utility

The overall 2017 Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year winners will be announced at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on February 16, 2017.

BMW M2 - Best New Premium Sports/Performance Car - BMW M2 - Best New Premium Sports/Performance Car

2017 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Alltrack - Best New Large Car - 2017 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Alltrack

2017 Hyundai Elantra - Best New Small Car - 2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best New Large Utility Vehicle

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC - best New Premium Utility Vehicle - 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2017 Subaru Forester - Best New Small Utility Vehicle