At a press conference at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, today, AJAC (Automobile Journalists Association of Canada) and Green Living jointly announced that they are collaborating to create a new, annual Canadian Green Car award program.
The winner of the initial Canadian Green Car award, presented by AJAC and Green Living, will be announced at the Green Living Show in Toronto on April 12, 2013.
Canadian auto manufacturers and distributors have been invited to enter 2013 and 2014 model vehicles that satisfy specific target criteria for such things as fuel consumption and exhaust emissions and incorporate environmentally-friendly technologies, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles, clean diesels and advanced conventional technologies.
This award is not part of AJAC's long-established and broad-based Canadian Car of the Year program, the winners of which for 2013 were also announced here today.
Rather the Canadian Green Car award will focus more directly on the overall environmental impact of the vehicles, with consideration for their real-world functional capabilities and overall value equation.
The top five finalists will be featured on the Green Living Show floor from April 12th-14th, and the Green Car Award will be presented on the mainstage at the Direct Energy Centre on Friday, April 12th.