• Jan 27, 2009
Take a trip up to Canada and you'll think that everyone drives either a dogsled, Zamboni, Chrysler minivan or a used Civic. But that doesn't mean Canadian drivers can't aspire to more, as finalists for the 2009 Canadian Car of the Year awards have been announced.

The awards are bestowed by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), based on a published voting system and a comprehensive five-day evaluation of over 160 new vehicles in real world conditions. The association has selected the Hyundai Genesis, Mazda6 and Toyota Corolla as finalists for the top honor. Awards for the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year (down to the Ford Flex, Mercedes M-Class and Subaru Forester), Best New Design (between the Honda Fit, Jaguar XF and VW Passat CC), and Best New Technology (GM OnStar Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Infiniti Around View Monitor and Mitsubishi Super-All-Wheel Control) will also be handed out at the Canadian International Auto Show on February 11 in Toronto. Watch this space, eh?

[Source: CanadianDriver]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      gfys
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai Genesis will win. How many throphies does this car need to win to get some respect??

      Test drove it the other week again and its just to good to be true vs the price
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. Especially against the Corolla and the 6 ... just give it to the Genesis already. The North American Mazda 6 *is* a good car, but it seems like Mazda toned down the Zoom-Zoom a tad too much.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are those Canadian awards in the shape of ice scrapers?
        • 5 Years Ago
        HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA YOU'RE SO FUNNY OMGZ! stfu.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My parents own a red 2009 Mazda 6 i Touring w/Convenience, and they love it! The interior is SO plush (especially for the price point), and it really drives well (and is quite easy on gas too)!
      For each category:
      Genesis or 6 (Corolla is totally out of its league compared to other compact cars), it's too close to call.
      Flex or Forester (M-Class isn't exactly new), it's too close to call.
      Fit or XF (IMO, the CC doesn't really break any new design ground, though it looks nice as it si), it's too close to call.
      I don't know enough about these new technologies to decide which is best.
      • 5 Years Ago
      whatever, we have more freedom here and don't have to mention it 8 times a day.

      Go back to sleep America.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are American car awards in the shape of food stamps for your brilliant auto execs?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was really interested by the new Mazda6, and its good to see the car is winning awards. Up here in the great white north, the MSRP for the new 6 is I think $22,995, which undercuts a lot of other midsizers by a margin, especially considering you're getting a car that (at least used to) have a sporting nature. The new Malibu is around $24K, and the Camry and Honda are around $25-26K to start. Anybody driven a new 6, did they keep the sports sedan feel from the last car? I dislike that its a lot fatter, but I could get over it if its still a convincingly sporty car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, my brother's 2.5 liter M6 estate (European/Japanese version of the new 6) is lighter than previous generation 2.3 liter sedan and has lower CDx. He says it's sportier than the previous car while delivering better mileage (manual to manual comparison), he managed to drive 950 km on a single tank and got two speeding ticketes in the process, so he didn't really do the hypermiling. The engine is smoothier and torque distribution is better.

        Now, the US 6 is slightly larger than a EU/JDM take on 6, but since the engine is better and the car should weight more...

        BTW, here's the review from Canadian Globe and Mail

        http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081204.whMazda61204/BNStory/specialGlobeAuto
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are Canadian auto journalists? Who knew?
        • 5 Years Ago
        And we have running water and flush toilets in our igloos now too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota Corrola???????

      And these are supposed to be auto journalists?
      • 5 Years Ago
      and fifth of americans can't locate america on a map...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really? I thought if you point to anywhere on a map, it would be considered owned by America?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares, Canada is f#$%#@$% all when it comes to the car business..........
        • 5 Years Ago
        stfu, msm.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea its not like some of the best car assembly plants are here in Canada either...
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