Automobile Journalists Association of Canada To Hand Out Three Additional Awards at Autoshow

A highlight of each year’s Canadian International AutoShow, being held Feb. 16-25 at the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is the announcement of the Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada To Hand Out Three Additional Awards at Autoshow

A highlight of each year’s Canadian International AutoShow, being held Feb. 16-25 at the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is the announcement of the Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.

Selected by members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), following extensive testing of all eligible cars and UVs, the winning manufacturers not only have boasting rights but often use the news in their advertising.

The Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards are traditionally handed out on Media Day, the day before the AutoShow opens to the public. That will happen this year early in the morning on Thurs., Feb. 15, in the John Bassett Theatre on the 100 Level of the convention centre's North Building.

In 2018, though, the AutoShow and AJAC are upping their game.

This year, for the first time, three more awards will be handed out by AJAC at the AutoShow. The Automotive Innovation Awards will be presented for Best Safety Innovation, Best Green Innovation and Best Overall Innovation.

These new awards will be announced around the noon-hour on Wed., Feb. 21, also in the John Bassett Theatre, and the public is invited because a panel discussion on the electrification of the auto industry will also be taking place there.

"Technology is transforming the auto industry,” said AutoShow General Manager Jason Campbell, “and we’re pleased that AJAC has moved to highlight these innovations at Canada’s largest auto show, reinforcing the importance of our Show and this critical car market to the auto industry.”

Added AJAC President Mark Richardson: “By judging and selecting the Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year, Canadian automotive journalists celebrate overall excellence. But over the years, we`ve found that individual manufacturers often make significant improvements in particular areas – safety, for example - and we think it`s important to recognize this and appropriate to do so on the biggest automotive stage in the country.”

Time is running out to purchase tickets at a big discount for this year's AutoShow. Available now at the AutoShow’s website, www.autoshow.ca, tickets can be purchased for $18 – a saving of 25 per cent from the regular price of $24 – until Jan. 15th. After that, tickets will be available online at a 10 per cent saving until the show opens on Fri., Feb. 16, at the beginning of the three-day-long Family Day Weekend in Ontario.

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