Automobile Journalists Association of Canada picks finalists for car and utility vehicle of the year

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      The 2019 Canadian Car of the Year won't be chosen by Canadian automobile journalists until February 14 in Toronto.

      On the same day, the association representing them will also choose its 2019 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

      Today, however, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada released the names of vehicle winners in 12 categories.

      The automaker that won the most awards was Mazda, which came first three times. Kia picked up two victories.

      Each of the category winners will be a finalist for the two big awards that will be handed out on Valentine's Day at the Canadian International AutoShow.

      You can see the list of the category winners below.

      Best Small Car in Canada for 2019:
      Kia Forte

      Best Large Car in Canada for 2019:
      Kia Stinger

      Best Mid-Size Premium Car in Canada for 2019:
      Mercedes-Benz E 400 4MATIC

      Best Large Premium Car in Canada for 2019:
      Volvo V90 R-Design

      Best Sports-Performance Car in Canada for 2019:
      Mazda MX-5

      Best Small Utility in Canada for 2019:
      Hyundai Kona

      Best Mid-Size Utility in Canada for 2019:
      Mazda CX-5

      Best Large Utility in Canada for 2019:
      Mazda CX-9

      Best Mid-Size Premium Utility in Canada for 2019:
      Infiniti QX50

      Best Pick-up Truck in Canada for 2019:
      Ford F150 Diesel

      Best EV in Canada for 2019:
      Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

      Best Premium EV in Canada for 2019:
      Jaguar I-PACE

      Nearly 70 members of the association voted, submitting more than 1,500 ballots.

      "Our journalist members are among the most discerning and objective automotive reviewers anywhere, and not one of them takes the duty of selecting these award winners lightly," AJAC president Mark Richardson said in a news release. "Canadians can look to this list with confidence, knowing that each vehicle has been chosen as being a standout in its segment by experts who understand the unique challenges of daily driving in this country."

      The 2019 Canadian Green Car of the Year and the 2019 Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year awards will be presented at the Vancouver International Auto Show on March 19.