On Tuesday, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) crowned the 2019 Canadian Green Car of the Year and Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year during media day at the Vancouver International Auto Show.
First, the Nissan LEAF edged two Honda models, the Clarity and Insight, to win the Canadian Green Car of the Year award. With its new powertrain that combines a 214-horsepower electric motor with a 62-kWh battery, the LEAF PLUS model increases maximum range by 50 percent, allowing drivers to cover 363 kilometres. It’s also one of The Car Guide’s Best Buys for 2019.
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As for the Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year, the Jaguar I-PACE is the winner after defeating the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Last month in Toronto, it was also named the 2019 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year and the Best Premium EV in Canada for 2019. The I-PACE uses a 394-horsepower motor and a battery that provides 386 kilometres of range.
"The Canadian Green Car of the Year and Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year selection process sets the most fuel-efficient and eco-friendly vehicles apart from the rest of the automotive marketplace," said Mark Richardson, President of AJAC. "Canadians who value great driving dynamics and low emissions can look to these finalists and the overall winners as being, in the opinion of AJAC journalists, the best choices in our market for what they need and want in their next vehicle."