The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) at the Vancouver International Auto Show named the Nissan LEAF, the world's best-selling electric vehicle, the 2019 Canadian Green Car of the Year (CGCOTY). Jaguar's I-PACE topped off its win as Canadian Car of the Year with another honour as AJAC's Green Utility of the year.
The Nissan LEAF is in its second generation, with a 243-kilometre driving range, all-new exterior design, roomy high-tech interior and advanced technologies including ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal.
“As the pioneer of the world’s first, mass-market electric vehicle, we have a duty to offer Canadians an EV that offers more, and continues to spearhead the advancement of the zero-emission segment,” said Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc. “We have achieved that with the new Nissan LEAF, which provides the right range at the right price, offering a suite of advanced safety technology, and standard features specifically for Canada.”
The Jaguar I-PACE has all-wheel drive performance from twin Jaguar-designed concentric motors offering a combined 394hp and 512 lb. ft. of torque to deliver 0-100km/h acceleration in 4.8 seconds and a range of 377 km.
"We are thrilled that the I-PACE has been honoured once again by AJAC with the Canadian Green Utility of the Year Award," said Wolfgang R. Hoffmann, president, Jaguar Land Rover Canada. “This is a great testament to the team of engineers and designers who envisioned and created this remarkable machine. Winning both the overall Canadian Utility of the Year and now the Green award puts us in elite company and is an achievement we will always be proud of."
Entries for Canadian Green Car of the Year and Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year must meet the standard requirements for entry into the Canadian Car of the Year awards program, and must satisfy additional criteria for fuel efficiency based on the entry's size, powertrain and purpose.
All entries are tested by more than 65 AJAC journalists across Canada. Evaluation takes place over months on different road surfaces and road conditions throughout the year.