Mazda and Genesis take top awards for 2021 Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year

Today, Stephanie Wallcraft, President of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), announced the winners for 2021 Canadian Car of the Year and 2021 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

The 2021 Canadian Car of the Year is the 2021 Mazda3.

 

2021 Mazda3 with all-wheel drive in Head of Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia

 

The 2021 Canadian Utility of the Year is the 2021 Genesis GV80.

 

2021 GV80, the first SUV for Genesis, playing outside in the first snowfall of 2021

 

The Mazda3, with a new turbocharged 2.5-litre engine, makes history as the first time AJAC has given this award to the same vehicle two years in a row.

The GV80 is the first SUV from the premium Genesis brand, the newest automotive brand in the world.

 

Congratulations to Mazda and Genesis!

The results were revealed for the first time on The Morning Show on GlobalTV. The Car of the Year presentation is typically held during the opening ceremonies of the Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) in Toronto, which was cancelled this year due to the public health measures dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The three finalists for 2021 Canadian Car of the Year

Genesis G80 (Best Mid-size Premium Car in Canada for 2021)

Kia K5 (Best Large Car in Canada for 2021)

Mazda3 (Best Mid-size Car in Canada for 2021)

 

The three finalists for 2021 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year

Genesis GV80 (Best Mid-size Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2021)

Kia Telluride (Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2021)

Nissan Rogue (Best Mid-size Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2021)

 

Results from hundreds of ballots cast by AJAC Journalist members were audited by international accounting firm KPMG and remained under wraps until the moment the envelopes were opened.

 

About the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) is an association of professional journalists, writers, photographers, and corporate members whose focus is the automobile and the Canadian automotive industry. Collectively, their 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 its members and AJAC’s annual vehicle testing and evaluation events, the Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards (CCOTY and CUVOTY), Innovation Awards, and EcoRun.

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