Volt, CX-3 named top green cars

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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been crowned the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) 2016 Canadian Green Car of the Year.

The announcement was made in a press conference at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver International Auto Show.

The Volt was chosen from among three finalists, winning over the 2016 Honda Civic and 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

“Chevrolet is honoured to receive AJAC’s Green Car of the Year award, as it reinforced our commitment to being a leader in electrification,” said Laura Pacey, brand director, Chevrolet in Canada.

“The second-generation Volt is a no-compromise electric car, delivering up to 80 kilometres of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration, making it the most innovative plug-in vehicle in the industry.”

Mazda’s CX-3 was awarded 2016 Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year, beating out the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) and Honda HR-V.

“We are very proud to accept the award for Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year, which goes hand-in-and with the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year award that AJAC presented to the CX-3 at the Toronto auto show,” said Kory Koreeda, President of Mazda Canada.

“The CX-3 has proven itself to be an extremely capable vehicle, not only representing the style, vehicle dynamics and all-wheel drive that consumers are looking for, but also excellent fuel economy which allows consumers to have the best of both worlds — that is, capability in any weather without the fuel penalty often associated with owning an AWD utility vehicle.”

The Canadian Green Car of the Year vehicles are selected from eligible entries in the Canadian Car of the Year program, all of which are part of the TestFest program, said AJAC. The Green entries are then re-evaluated against each other under a separate set of specific Green criteria, along with their original category scores.

Vote tabulation and results were handled by KPMG, said AJAC.

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