Mazda is AJAC’s Most Awarded Car Brand in Canada for 2018

AJAC Award Winner

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced today that four Mazda Vehicles have been awarded three Car of the Year Awards.

The winners are:

 2018 MAZDA3 Best Small Car in Canada for 2018
 2018 MAZDA3 Sport Best Small Car in Canada for 2018
 2018 CX-5 Best Small Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2018
 2018 CX-9 Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2018

AJAC is an association of automotive journalists, writers and photographers who test-drive and report on new vehicles in Canada. They are dedicated to providing consumers with sound, objective, comparative data to help inform buying decisions.

The AJAC awards are Canada’s prestigious automotive awards.

The 2018 editions of the MAZDA3, MAZDA3 Sport, CX-5 and CX-9 all come with cutting-edge technology, like G-Vectoring Control, which won the 2017 AJAC award for Best New Innovation Technology and i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology.

Plus 2018 models have made great strides making every drive a great drive. Reducing Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) for a smoother ride, fine tuning our groundbreaking SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY for even better responsiveness and handling, enhancing interior features and evolving our stunning KODO design aesthetics all work together to create vehicles that are a joy to drive.

We are so proud to receive these honours. Three awards across four nameplates recognize the consistent quality across the Mazda lineup. The awards are a testament to the dedication and craftsmanship that go into every vehicle we make.

At the heart of every idea, concept and realization of a Mazda vehicle is a passion for driving – for that connected-to-the-road feeling that creates anticipation for the road ahead while keeping drivers fully engaged both tactically and emotionally. 

Recognition of our passion and craftsmanship is also a recognition of our belief that Driving Matters.

Thank you AJAC!

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RICHMOND HILL, ON, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced the category winners from the recent Canadian Car of the Year TestFest event, and Mazda received a number of trophies to add to its shelves. Three Mazda vehicles were entered in three separate categories and, in a huge nod to the value and quality of Mazda's new SKYACTIV-equipped vehicles, all three were chosen as the winners.

With two wins in the Best New Small Car categories (under $21K and over $21K), the Mazda3 in various forms has earned nine trophies in its ten year history, winning Best New Small Car in 2010 (both categories) and 2012, Best New Sports / Performance Car in 2007, and when the vehicle was first introduced in 2004, Best New Economy Car and Best New Sport Coupe, going on to win overall Canadian Car of the Year.

The Mazda6 is also a repeat winner, having taken the title of Best New Family Car ($22k-$30k) in 2009, Best New Family Car and Best New Station Wagon in 2005, and also winning Best New Family Vehicle in its introductory year in 2004.

"Our goal for the all-new Mazda3 and Mazda6 is to continue to offer consumers nothing less than the best in quality, performance, fuel economy, safety, reliability and value," said Kory Koreeda, President, Mazda Canada. "Going into such a tough competition and coming out with awards in all three segments entered is proof that the cars in our showrooms tick all the boxes that consumers are looking for today."

In a competitive field of four Best New Small Car (under $21,000) entries, the all-new 2014 Mazda3 was voted as the best in its category by over 80 AJAC members at the annual TestFest. The Mazda3 Sport was given some intense competition in the Best New Small Car (over $21,000) category by competitors from Ford, GM, and Kia, but managed to impress judges again, making this a small car sweep for Mazda.

The Mazda6, up against diverse competitors in the Best New Family Car (over $30,000) category, which included gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid vehicles, was also voted as the best in its segment.

Throughout a week of intense vehicle testing, journalists poured over every detail of almost 60 new 2014 model year vehicles in 12 categories, testing on road and track. Vehicles are rated based on a thorough set of characteristics regarding occupant environment, performance, and vehicle dynamics, and weighted based on price and objective data such as fuel economy and safety equipment.

"The core of the Canadian Car of the Year Awards is a thorough, exhaustive, and criteria-driven voting process undertaken by a panel of Canada's top automotive media. With over 40,000 data points generated by the program and published online at, there's no single factor that makes any category winner stand out - rather, it's the vehicle's execution as an overall package that secures it a win. Factors taken into consideration include fuel efficiency, comfort, safety, performance, styling and value. With a win in every entered category, Mazda's entries demonstrate leadership in meeting the demands of Canadian shoppers. Our program is unmatched for its thoroughness and credibility-- and the Canadian Car of the Year Awards can be taken as a 'thumbs up' from Canada's top auto experts," said Justin Pritchard, co-chair, AJAC Canadian Car of the Year Committee.

By winning their respective categories at TestFest, the Mazda3, Mazda3 Sport, and Mazda6 automatically become finalists to win the coveted title of 2014 AJAC Canadian Car of the Year, which will be announced in February 2013 at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

Mazda Canada Inc. is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer service and parts support of Mazda vehicles in Canada. Headquartered in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Mazda Canada has a nationwide network of 165 dealerships. For additional information visit Mazda Canada's media website at

SOURCE Mazda Canada Inc.

Image with caption: "Sandra Lemaitre, National Manager, Public Relations, Mazda Canada with awards and winning cars - (Photo credit: Eric Novak, Modern Media Perspectives) (CNW Group/Mazda Canada Inc.)". Image available at:

For further information:

Sandra Lemaitre, National Manager, Public Relations
(905) 787-7167; [email protected]

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