Attention Car Lovers: The Bright Side to the Cold Months Ahead | Automotive Training Centre

Okay everyone, let’s face it: summer is over. I know, I know, it’s a terrible thing, but it’s time to say goodbye to outdoor car shows and hello to winter hibernation.

But don’t worry, there actually IS a bright side to fall and winter months. For one, the cold weather gives all of you future Auto Mechanic and Auto Body Technician pros just one more reason to spend the day inside the shop to work on cars. Now THAT’S my idea of warming up!

Secondly, we all know that the end of the summer season marks the time when manufacturers release their car designs for the upcoming year, which explains why most of you have noticed a sudden burst of talk about all of the new 2013 models.  Seeing what car makers are coming up with is always exciting, especially in recent years with the increase in hybrid and electric vehicles.

So far, there is a lot to look forward to. From the 2013 Aston Martin AM 310 Vanquish (565-horsepower!) to the sleeker, roomier and Skyactiv-equipped Mazda6, car lovers everywhere are at the edge of their seats to see which design will come out on top. But, like true automotive career professionals, we know that there is more to a car than just design. Other factors come into play, including cost, function and efficiency. In fact, every year the folks at Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) judge new car models based on six distinct qualities: Merit, Value, Safety, Environment, Significance, and Emotional Appeal.

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra was named "Canadian Car of the Year".

Equipped with years of research, industry knowledge and hours-upon-hours of test-driving, the AJAC narrow down their choices and compile a list for the “Canadian Car of the Year Awards”. Last year, the Hyundai Elantra ranked highest against its competitors and won the title of won “Canadian Car of the Year”.


Take a look at the other categories and winners of 2012:

Source: Automobile Journalists Association of Canada

The AJAC will release the winners of the 2013 Car of the Year Awards some time in February. Do you think the 2013 Elantra will be the winner for the second year in a row? Or will it be the new Accord? How about the new Range Rover? Let us know! Which car do you think should be the 2013 Canadian Car of the Year?

Categories: Automotive Events, Canadian Auto Industry News
Tags: automotive careers, Canadian car of the year, car designs

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