Accord named AJAC Car of the Year

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The Automotive Journalists’ Association of Canada named the 2013 Honda Accord its car of the year Thursday during the media preview at the Canadian International Autoshow.

“Thank you to all the voting members of AJAC. It is an honour to have our all-new Accord recognized by so many of Canada's most-respected journalists,” said Honda Canada president and CEO Takashi Sekiguchi.

“The 2013 Accord was designed to once again raise the bar in the family car category and deliver a fun, roomy and efficient choice for families. We think Accord does exactly that and are pleased that AJAC does as well.”

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport took home Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year honours, besting the Ford Escape.

Other award winners announced Thursday included the Porsche 911 Carrera S as the best new design.

A best new technology award went to General Motors for its front centre airbag.

To arrive at their winning picks, 80 automotive writers put 180 vehicles through their paces at a four-day event dubbed TestFest last October in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

Category winners, which were previously announced, include:
Best new city car: Ford Focus EV.
Best new small car (under $21,000): Mazda3 Skyactiv sedan.
Best new small car (over $21,000): Hyundai Elantra GT.
Best new family car (under $30,000): Honda Accord sedan.
Best new family car (over $30,000): Ford Fusion Hybrid.
Best new luxury car: Cadillac ATS.
Best new prestige/performance car: Porsche 911 Carrera S.
Best new sports/performance car (under $50,000): Ford Focus ST.
Best new sports/performance car (over $50,000): Porsche Boxster.
Best new SUV/CUV (under $35,000): Ford Escape 1.6L EcoBoost.
Best new SUV/CUV ($35,000 to $60,000): Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T.