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Who Wore it Best: AJAC announces Canadian Car of the Year winners

Toronto, Ontario – Roll out the extra wide red carpet because February’s automotive award season is in full swing with the announcement of the winners of this year’s Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) awards.

For the second year in a row, the Mazda3 has claimed the title of Best Mid-Size Car in Canada, cementing the fourth generation of the model as a clear crowd favourite among journalists.

“On behalf of everyone at Mazda who has worked so hard to ensure the Mazda 3 is a truly world-class product worthy of repeat selection, I’m very honoured to receive this award,” said David Klan, president and CEO of Mazda Canada. 

“Even with new and improved models being introduced all the time, the Mazda3 can stand the test of time thanks to it’s combination of award-winning design, premium craftsmanship, engaging driving dynamics, and long-term reliability.”

As well, Subaru Canada took home the title of Best Small Utility Vehicle for the 2021 Crosstrek, which Subaru attributes to it’s vehicle’s impressive safety record.

“We develop our vehicles for the Canadian environment, with our customers’ safety as a top priority,” said Subaru Canada chairman, president and CEO Yasushi Enami. 

“We’re extremely happy that the Crosstrek was honoured by AJAC and want to thank the organization and its members for this prestigious award.”

In other categories, the KIA K5 won Best Large Car; the Genesis G80 and GV80 won Best Mid-Size Premium Car and Best Mid-Size Premium Utility Vehicle, respectively; the Nissan Rogue won Best Mid-Size Utility Vehicle; the KIA Telluride won Best Large Utility Vehicle; and the Ram 1500 claimed the prize of Best Full-Size Pick-up Truck in Canada.

The announcement of the overall Best Canadian Car of the Year will take place at a later date.

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