After two-and-and-a-half days of intense testing at the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada's (AJAC) annual TestFest, and voting by more than 80 Canadian automotive journalists who took part, AJAC announced its choices for the "Best New" vehicles of 2013 in 11 different categories.
The winners are:
CITY CAR - Ford Focus EV
BEST NEW SMALL CAR (under $21k) - Mazda3 Skyactiv sedan
BEST NEW SMALL CAR (over $21k) - Hyundai Elantra GT
BEST NEW FAMILY CAR (under $30k) - Honda Accord sedan
BEST NEW FAMILY CAR (over $30k) - Ford Fusion Hybrid
BEST NEW LUXURY CAR - Cadillac ATS
BEST NEW PRESTIGE AND PERFORMANCE CAR (over $75k) - Porsche 911 Carrera S
BEST NEW SPORTS/PERFORMANCE CAR (under $50k) - Ford Focus ST
BEST NEW SPORTS/PERFORMANCE CAR (over $50k) - Porsche Boxster
BEST NEW SUV/CUV (under $35k) - Ford Escape 1.6L EcoBoost
BEST NEW SUV/CUV ($35k-$60k) - Hyundai Santa Fe
Each of the 11 category winners is now eligible for either the overall Canadian Car of the Year or Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year awards, which will be announced on February 14, 2013 at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
Testing of the category-winning vehicles in preparation for voting on the overall awards will continue at the Niagara Regional airport tomorrow.
Winners of Best New Design and Best New Technology awards will also be announced at that time.
Detailed results of today's awards, including scoring for all vehicles in all categories can be found at