Canadian automotive writers name Best of Best finalists

The 2013 finalists include sedans, coupes, hatchbacks, SUVs, crossovers and sports and performance cars.

Cadillac ATS is one of the finalists in the CAJ Best of the Best vehicles for 2013. The winner will be named in January at the Montreal Auto Show.

The Canadian Automotive Jury (CAJ) has announced its fourth annual Best of the Best finalists.

The 2013 finalists reflect a wide variety of vehicles available to Canadian new-car buyers, including sedans, coupes, hatchbacks, SUVs, crossovers and sports and performance cars.

The CAJ’s annual Best of the Best Awards are unique in Canada. The not-for-profit organization is independently funded by its jurors, 11 senior automotive journalists, and its secretary, a senior automotive editor, who account for the vast majority of automotive industry coverage in Canada.

Also noteworthy is that the CAJ’s Best of the Best finalists don’t exclusively focus on a specific model within a family of vehicles or only ‘all-new’ models, and they include the reigning 2012 Canadian Automotive Jury Best of the Best winner, the Audi A7, which is an automatic finalist.

For 2013, four European, four Japanese, three domestic and one Korean model make up the Best of the Best finalists.

The 2013 Best of the Best winner will be announced in January during the Montreal Auto Show.

The 2013 CAJ Best of the Best finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Audi A7 (2012 Best of the Best winner)

Buick Verano

Cadillac ATS

Ford Fusion

Honda Accord sedan/coupe

Kia Rio

Mazda CX-5

Porsche Boxster

Porsche 911

Scion FR-S

Subaru BRZ

Volkswagen Golf R.

For more information about The Canadian Automotive Jury, please contact CAJ secretary Patricia Cancilla at pcancilla@nationalpost.com.

The Canadian Automotive Jury is a not-for-profit group of prominent Canadian automotive journalists, pledged to the highest standards of uncompromised reporting.

The jury has a coast-to-coast reach in all forms of media including newspapers, radio, television and online.

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