The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced the Mazda6 as the 2014 Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY), at an early morning press conference at the opening of the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto.
It's the second time that Mazda has earned the overall Canadian Car of the Year title with the Mazda3 having won previously in 2004.
" We are truly honoured that AJAC has named the 2014 Mazda6 as their Canadian Car of the Year – our flagship car that demonstrates the best Mazda has to offer. This car introduced a combination of style, safety, fuel economy, and dynamic driving into the midsize segment that has never been available before, and winning CCOTY is an overwhelming acknowledgement of that", said Kory Koreeda, President, Mazda Canada.
The Mazda6 was also the winner of the "Best Family Car(over$30,000)" class.
Twelve category winners, announced on December 3, 2013, were eligible for either the top "Canadian Car of the Year" or "Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year" awards.
The overall and category winners represent the vote results from 80 AJAC-member journalists, who gathered last October in Niagara Falls, Ontario for a five-day test-drive evaluation of brand-new or significantly changed vehicle models at an annual event known as "TestFest."
The results are based on a combination of objective data and evaluation by those journalists of 174 vehicles, driven in categories, back-to-back on the same day, under the same conditions, on closed and public roads, so as to ensure fair comparison and consumer relevance.
Every detail, from safety features to cargo capacity, is thoroughly scrutinized and individually rated by secret ballot. Over 40,000 data fields are generated and tabulated by KPMG to determine the winners. The vote results are kept confidential – even from AJAC – until announced publicly today.