AJAC category winners announced

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After putting 144 different vehicles through their paces, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada has announced its category winners for 2011, crowning a near equal mix of imports and domestics in a number of different segments.

The winners are as follows:
Best New Small Car Under $21,000: Ford Fiesta
Best New Small Car Over $21,000: Chevrolet Cruze
Best New Family Car Under $30,000: Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Best New Family Car Over $30,000: Buick Regal
Best New Luxury Car Over $50,000: BMW 5 Series Sedan
Best New Prestige Car Over $75,000: Porsche 911 Turbo S
Best New Sports/Performance Car: Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
Best New Minivan: Toyota Sienna
Best New SUV/CUV Under $35,000: Hyundai Tucson
Best New SUV/CUV $35,000 to $50,000: Ford Edge
Best New SUV/CUV Over $50,000: Volkswagen Touareg

All this comes after a week-long event in Niagara-On-The-Lake in southern Ontario.

The association, made up of journalists from across the country, convenes there once a year for “testfest,” driving all the qualified vehicles in each category back-to-back.

From these category winners, the 2011 Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year winners will be announced next February and the Canadian International Auto Show.

- With files from Canadian Driver