When a vehicle wins an AJAC (Automobile Journalists Association of Canada) award, it’s no small feat – it’s an honour that every automaker in the country strives for.
This year Ford of Canada led the competition, winning four of the 11 categories at TestFest, an annual event that allows members of AJAC to vote on the top new vehicles. The four wins represent Ford’s best results in 15 years.
To earn these prestigious titles, vehicles are rigorously tested and compared by members of AJAC. The journalists test-drove and meticulously graded each vehicle according to a number of categories, ranging from exterior styling right down to handling and performance.
To ensure the vehicles are scored objectively, international accounting firm KPMG is enlisted to tabulate the results. From the category winners that were announced, one vehicle will be named Canadian Car of the Year and another Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year at the Canadian International Autoshow in February.
Here’s a look the winning Fords:
The 2012 Ford Focus Electric was named Best New City Car.
Boasting superior energy efficiency, it’s the first car to win this new TestFest category.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid was named Best New Family Car over $30,000.
Armed with new technology and a brand-new look, the Fusion is a leader in fuel-efficiency.
The 2013 Ford Escape 1.6L SE was named Best New SUV under $35,000.
The all-new Escape brings clever technologies and features designed to make life easier, as well as best-in-class fuel economy with Ford’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine.
The 2013 Ford Focus ST was named Best New Sports – Performance Car under $50,000.
The Focus ST is Ford’s first truly global performance car and brings the Sport Technologies badge to customers worldwide, offering a blend of refinement and performance.
Which of the Ford winners is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.