CANADA NEWS WIRE
TORONTO — The Kia Stinger is the 2019 Canadian car of the year and the Jaguar I-Pace is the Canadian utility vehicle of the year.
The winners were announced Feb. 14 by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) at the opening of the Canadian International AutoShow.
The Jaguar I-Pace has the distinction of being the first fully electric vehicle ever to be chosen for an overall award by AJAC member journalists.
The awards were preceded by months of testing and evaluation on roads from coast to coast by nearly 70 of the country's top automotive journalists.
The decision followed two rounds of voting scored anonymously on many different factors, including performance, features, technology, design, fuel consumption and value.
These winners were selected from across 55 entries, including last year's category winners and this year's next-generation or significantly updated vehicles. Voting data was collected anonymously from more than 1,500 ballots.
“It gives us great pride to declare the Kia Stinger to be the Canadian Car of the Year, and the Jaguar I-Pace to be the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, for 2019,” said AJAC president Mark Richardson.
“AJAC journalists are among the most objective and discerning automotive professionals in the country and the fact that these two vehicles have risen to the top of our vigorous testing and voting protocol means that they’re truly among the best available to Canadian buyers.”
AJAC is an association of professional journalists, writers, photographers and corporate members whose focus is the automobile and the Canadian automotive industry. Collectively, its primary objectives are to promote, encourage, support and facilitate professionalism in Canadian automotive journalism and to ensure factual and ethical reporting about the automobile and automotive issues to Canadian consumers. This is achieved through the work of our members and AJAC’s annual vehicle testing and evaluation events, the Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards, Innovation Awards and EcoRun.