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Cadillac’s ATS is the winner of the 2013 Best of the Best award, the Canadian Automotive Jury (CAJ) announced live on CTV’s Canada AM Wednesday.
The ATS beat out 11 other finalists, which included a wide variety of vehicles available to Canadian new-car buyers, including sedans, coupes, hatchbacks, SUVs, crossovers and sports and performance cars.
The 2013 Best of the Best award was to be presented to General Motors for its Cadillac ATS Jan. 17 in Montreal at the opening of the Montreal Motor Show.
Also on Monday, the ATS was named North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show.
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 Best of the Best winner from the previous year, which is an automatic finalist.
For 2013, four European, four Japanese, three domestic and one Korean models made up the Best of the Best finalists, which, along with the winning ATS, included the following: Audi A7 (2012 Best of the Best winner); Buick Verano; Ford Fusion; Honda Accord; Kia Rio; Mazda CX-5; Porsche Boxster; Porsche 911; Scion FR-S; Subaru BRZ and Volkswagen Golf R.
The top four cars vying for the Best of the Best award were the ATS, Accord, Rio and CX-5.
CAJ chooses its finalists based on the following criteria: style, design (exterior and interior), ride and handling, performance, ergonomics, comfort, space, cargo capacity, fuel efficiency and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
One of the key considerations for choosing the winner is market significance – what the car will do to change things for both the automaker and the automotive market. The ATS marks such a massive shift for Cadillac, and General Motors as a corporation, that it will have a trickle-down effect on the entry-level luxury car market.
According to the CAJ, the ATS has one of the best interior designs regardless of make or cost. It also scores in terms of its style, the choices it offers potential customers, such as three engines, and its ride and handling balance – it’s very planted when pushed but equally comfortable when loafing along.
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, an automotive editor and writer, who account for the vast majority of automotive industry coverage in Canada.
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.