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2008 Canadian Car of the Year Contenders

2008 AJAC Canadian Car of the Year Award Entries

Aerial view of the test facility for TestFest 2008 with helicopter passengers checking out the hundreds of brand new cars and trucks on site. Photo courtesy AJAC/Arne Glassbourg.

A total of 59 new models, sorted into 12 competitive categories, were tested back-to-back at the annual TestFest of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), held in Niagara-on-the-Lake Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2007. Here is a list of all of the entrants by category. Category winners will be announced in December 2007.

Ford Focus SE
Mitsubishi Lancer
Saturn Astra
Subaru Impreza Sedan
Suzuki SX-4 Sedan

Chevrolet Malibu
Dodge Avenger
Honda Accord EX Sedan
Kia Rondo
Saturn Aura Green Line Hybrid
Subaru Impreza Wagon

Cadillac CTS
Mercedes-Benz C Class
Volvo S80

PRESTIGE (over $75k)
Journalists prepare for TestFest 2008 trackside with 2008 Audi TT Coupe 2.0 and 2008 Audi R8. Photo courtesy AJAC/Arne Glassbourg.Audi R8
Jaguar XKR Coupe
Lexus LS600hl
Mercedes-Benz S Class

Dodge Caliber SRT4
Honda Accord EX-L V6 6MT Coupe
MINI Cooper S
Nissan Altima Coupe
Subaru WRX
Volvo C30

Audi S5
Audi TT Coupe
Infiniti G37 Coupe

BMW 335i Cabriolet
Chrysler Sebring Convertible
Volvo C70

Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan
Hyundai Entourage

SUV / CUV (under $35k)
Ford Escape Hybrid
Jeep Liberty
Jeep Patriot
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Saturn Outlook
Saturn Vue Green Line

SUV / CUV ($35k-$60k)
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel performs on the off-road course at TestFest 2008 beside the Welland Canal. Photo courtesy AJAC/Arne Glassbourg.GMC Acadia
Hyundai Veracruz
Infiniti EX
Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel
LandRover LR2
Mazda CX-9
Nissan Pathfinder
Saturn Vue
Subaru Tribeca
Toyota Highlander
Volvo XC70

SUV / CUV (over $60k)
Buick Enclave
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Chevrolet Silverado
Dodge Dakota
GMC Sierra
Toyota Tundra

Posted Nov. 3, 2007

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A look at Manufacturer's Row during TestFest 2008. Photo courtesy AJAC/Arne Glassbourg.