Tag: AJAC

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Fast Test: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V

The new ATS-V has little more than half the displacement of the even newer CTS-V. It develops 464 turbocharged horses compared to its brethren’s 640 supercharged Detroit ponies (on two fewer cylinders I might add). It starts at nearly $26,000 less than the CTS-V. There’s clearly a little bro, big brother relationship going on here, and there’s nothing wrong with… Read more →

2015 Ford Mustang GT - Shaun Keenan 2014

2014 TestFest: Viva Niagara!

What a week it has been, my friends! I just returned home from six days and six nights in the beautiful and vivacious gorge town known as Niagara Falls, Ontario. It was no second honeymoon and, no, I wasn’t there to gamble. I did break even at the Fallsview Casino roulette wheel though — the only gambling device I’ve ever… Read more →

Tested: 2013 Ford Focus ST

FocuST Performance Ford has tried everything to disguise the fact that a fun, sporty, hopped-up hatchback like this has been missing from North America for quite some time. Alas, the 2013 Focus ST has officially landed. It landed last fall actually. Within weeks it had already been awarded the title of “Best New Sports Performance Vehicle (under $50,000)” as determined… Read more →

Elantra named Canadian Car of the Year

TORONTO (Ontario) Thursday, February 16, 2012 – In an early morning press conference at the opening of the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, the Hyundai Elantra was declared the 2012 Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY) by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Related posts: 2012 Canadian Car of the Year Category Winners Canadian Car of the Year… Read more →

Journauto records his test drive scores at Test Fest

2012 Canadian Car of the Year Category Winners

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON – More than 70 of Canada’s top automotive journalists spent last week in the Niagara-on-the-Lake to determine the “Best New” cars and SUV/CUVs in 11 different vehicle categories, as part of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) annual Canadian Car of the Year Awards program. Journalist members spent four days intensively road and track testing the field… Read more →

Audi R8 Spyder

TestFest’s Crème de la Crème

Audi R8 Spyder, $204,900. BMW 550 Gran Turismo, $90,800. Jag XJ Supercharged, $107,300. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, $207,700. Porsche 911 Turbo S, $201,470. Getting to drive all of them in one day, priceless. All together that’s $812,170 (CAD). Plus taxes, freight, delivery et al and you’re approaching a cool million were you to buy them all at retail. With a combined… Read more →

Wheels on Edge captures Journauto in 911 Turbo S

Just finished writing my Autonet.ca piece on judging the Prestige category at the annual AJAC TestFest this past week. The weather was great for this time of year ( a bit windy at times) and I accomplished what I’d set out to do. That is, to drive some of the most expensive cars money can buy in Canada and drive… Read more →

Car of the Year Category Winners

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON – Seventy of Canada’s top automotive journalists spent this week in the picturesque tourist town of Niagara-on-the-Lake; but not for the scenery or the wine tasting. Journalist members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) were there for the express purpose of determining the ‘Best New’ cars and SUV/CUVs in 11 different vehicle categories, as part of… Read more →

2011 Canadian Car of the Year Competition

The 2011 Canadian Car of the Year competition is a few weeks away and I’m eager to get back to Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario for some hands-on road and track-testing. As a voting member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, I get to spend a week driving a slew of Canada’s newest vehicles back-to-back to try and pick the ‘Best of’… Read more →

Audi R8 Stikes a Pose

Pirelli Photography Contest Entries

Alongside TestFest every year, the Automobile Journalist’s Association of Canada (AJAC) hosts an awards banquet to reward its members in a host of different writing, photography and layout categories. I haven’t won anything for my writing to date, but I did take home a couple photography awards in my first and second year as an AJAC member in 2003 and… Read more →