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Leaf and I-Pace top AJAC Green Awards podium

The 99th annual Vancouver International Auto Show kicked off with an emission-free theme first thing Tuesday morning with the announcement of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Green Vehicle of the Year awards.

Fitting, as this year’s show, which runs at the downtown convention centre through Sunday, is awash in green vehicles as never before.

The Nissan Leaf was named 2019 Canadian Green Car of the Year, while the Jaguar I-Pace took the 2019 Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year title. At the recent Toronto Auto Show, the I-Pace claimed 2019 utility vehicle of the year honours, marking the first time an all-electric claimed that honour.

“It’s important for many Canadian drivers to be environmentally aware, and AJAC’s Green Vehicle of the Year awards help them to make the responsible choice when it’s time to buy a new car or utility vehicle,“ AJAC president Mark Richardson said in a release. “If they can save money on fuel while also driving a vehicle with low emissions – or no emissions at all – then everybody wins.”

Entries to the awards must meet the standard requirements for initial entry into the Canadian Car of the Year awards program, and additional criteria for fuel efficiency based on the entry’s size, powertrain and purpose.

All entries are tested by AJAC journalists, and evaluation takes place over months on different road surfaces and road conditions throughout the year and during AJAC’s autumn Test Fest event. The journalists score all eligible entries on parameters including recharge time, driving range, vehicle dynamics, market significance, and overall value. Each of the scores is then weighted for relevance to the vehicle and category in question. The winning score also represents how the vehicle stacks up to its market segment competition, whether green or otherwise.


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