Guess what boys and girls, the auto show season is ramping up and that means the constant flow of Car of the Year awards is upon us. The biggest auto show award in our quaint little hemisphere is likely the North American COTY award, which, we would have thought included Canada, Mexico and our United States. Well, not so much. The Canadians have their own international show and their own COTY, complete with car and utility honors from among 12 categories and 52 award-eligible vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

After pouring over vehicles ranging from the Mazda3 to the Porsche Panamera and everything in between, the Canadians have narrowed their focus to one vehicle in each of the 12 categories. Volkswagen is the best-represented automaker in the final 12, with three VW models, two Audis and the Panamera. The Mazda3 wins in two different categories and the Ford Taurus is the only finalist among Detroit automakers.

Also shut out – somewhat surprisingly we may add – are the Honda and Toyota brands, although the Lexus Lexus RX450h was voted the top crossover/SUV over $60,000. The 2010 Canadian International Auto Show begins February 12. Hit the jump to view the rest of the winners.

[Source: AJAC via Auto North]


SMALL CAR (under $21k)
Mazda3

SMALL CAR (over $21k)l
Mazda3 Sport

FAMILY CAR (under $30k)
Volkswagen Golf Wagon

FAMILY CAR (over $30k)
Ford Taurus

LUXURY CAR (over $50k)
BMW 335d Sedan

PRESTIGE (over $75k)
Porsche Panamera

SPORTS / PERFORMANCE (under $50k)
Volkswagen Golf GTI

SPORTS / PERFORMANCE (over $50k)
Audi S4

CONVERTIBLES
Audi A5 Cabriolet

SUV / CUV (under $35k)
Subaru Outback

SUV / CUV ($35k-$60k)
Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel

SUV / CUV (over $60k)
Lexus RX450h