The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) has unveiled the finalists for the prestigious 2024 Canadian Car of the Year Awards. The announcement, setting the stage for the grand reveal at the Canadian International AutoShow on February 15, 2024, names twelve exceptional vehicles vying for honors across four distinguished categories.
A New Awards Format, A New Era
Adapting to the evolving landscape of the automotive industry, the 2024 awards see a streamlined approach highlighting the growing significance and diversity within the automotive sector, especially with the increasing prominence of electric vehicles. Here are the four major categories:
– Canadian Car of the Year
– Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year
– Canadian Electric Car of the Year
– Canadian Electric Utility Vehicle of the Year
After more than 600 comprehensive ballots were cast by AJAC’s skilled journalists from all over Canada, the top three contenders in each category have been determined through vote tallying.
Let’s meet the contenders:
Canadian Car of the Year:
– Acura Integra Type S
– Honda Accord
– Toyota Prius
Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year:
– Genesis GV70
– Mazda CX-90
– Toyota Grand Highlander
Canadian Electric Car of the Year:
– Genesis Electrified G80
– Hyundai Ioniq 6
– Toyota Prius Prime
Canadian Electric Utility Vehicle of the Year:
– Genesis Electrified GV70
– Hyundai Ioniq 5
– Kia EV9
AJAC’s Rigorous Selection Process
AJAC President Evan Williams emphasizes the rigorousness of the selection process, highlighting the real-world testing conditions which mirror the daily driving experiences of Canadians. The comprehensive voting process ensures that each finalist is a standout in its category.
The Anticipated Announcement
The excitement reaches its peak on February 15, 2024, at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, where the winners will be announced. The results, audited by KPMG, remain a closely guarded secret until the moment of unveiling.