Toyota has pulled off a clean sweep of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) 2017 Canadian Green Car of the Year and Green Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.
Both awards were announced as part of the opening ceremonies for the Vancouver International Auto Show, which is open to the public from March 28 through April 2.
The 2017 Canadian Green Car of the Year is the 2017 Toyota Prius with Technology Package, which was selected over two other finalists, the 2017 Kia Optima HEV and 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.
The 2017 Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year is the 2017 Toyota RAV4 with technology package, which bested its finalist competition, the 2017 Subaru Forester and 2017 Mazda CX-9.
“Toyota is committed to maintaining its leadership position in designing, engineering and building environmentally-advanced vehicles that meet the many demands of today’s drivers – which is why the 2017 Prius sets new standards for efficiency and emissions even as it provides owners with more style and driving fun,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice-President, Toyota Canada Inc.
“The RAV4 Hybrid combines Toyota’s top-selling compact utility vehicle in Canada with the fuel efficiency and low emissions of the world’s most proven hybrid powertrain – and the result is a win for drivers, for communities, and for the planet.
“We’re delighted that members of AJAC agree, and thank them for this important award.”
Both awards are compiled as part of the voting for the Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year, which were announced in February at the Canadian International Auto Show. During AJAC’s annual TestFest evaluation event held each fall, a subset of the vehicles nominated for the Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards is chosen to qualify for the Green awards as well, based on their environmental attributes.
“Our voting panel casts a separate ballot for these models, focusing on Green characteristics including range, recharge/refuel time and price,” explains AJAC Canadian Car of the Year Co-Chair Justin Pritchard. “Today, Green cars come in many shapes and sizes, and this testing process ensures we take that into consideration.”