Mazda goes three for three, winning all categories entered for AJAC Canadian Car of the Year

– Mazda3, Mazda3 Sport, and Mazda6 each win their respective categories
in hard-fought competition –


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: