Mazda3 Wins AJAC's Best Small Car in Canada for 2020

Today at the Montreal International Auto Show media preview, Mazda Canada Inc. accepted the award for Best Small Car in Canada for 2020 from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) for the all-new Mazda3. This award makes the Mazda3 eligible to win the overall 2020 Canadian Car of the Year award, which will be presented next month at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

Toyota again wins more Canadian Black Book Retained Value Awards and ALG Residual Value Awards than any other auto manufacturer



Toyota again wins more Canadian Black Book Retained Value Awards and ALG Residual Value Awards than any other auto manufacturer



  • CBB awards presented to Cyril Dimitris, VP of Sales and Marketing, Toyota Canada Inc. by Brad Rome, CBB
  • Nine CBB Retained Value Awards – more than any other auto manufacturer for eighth straight year
  • Six ALG Residual Value Awards – more than any other auto manufacturer for third straight year


TORONTO, ONTARIO, February 15, 2017 Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) has received 15 more residual / retained value awards from two prominent organizations.

For the eighth consecutive year, TCI has been recognized with more Canadian Black Book (CBB) Awards than any other auto manufacturer.

The 2017 total of nine awards includes the newly introduced award for Top Overall Brand in the truck & SUV category. Since 2010, Toyota has claimed 49 CBB awards, while the closest competitor has only won 12.
In addition, ALG has announced that, for 2017, Toyota vehicles have won six Residual Value Awards, more than any other auto manufacturer for the third straight year.

“At the heart of the great product we deliver to Canadians is our commitment to adding value to the overall ownership experience,” said Larry Hutchinson, President and CEO of TCI. “These awards are deeply meaningful because they speak to the long-term benefits our customers enjoy across our broad line-up of vehicles, including exceptional quality, great fuel economy and lower cost of ownership.”

The following Toyota vehicles – spanning a variety of vehicle sizes and styles – were CBB and ALG winners this year:

  • Toyota – Top Overall Brand, trucks and SUVs (CBB)
  • Toyota Tundra – full-size pick-up: CBB and ALG (eighth consecutive year for each award)
  • Toyota Tacoma – CBB small pick-up (eighth consecutive year) and ALG mid-size pick-up (seventh consecutive year)
  • Toyota Sequoia – full-size SUV: CBB (eighth consecutive year) and ALG (fifth consecutive year)
  • Toyota FJ Cruiser – mid-size SUV: CBB (seventh consecutive year)
  • Toyota 4Runner – off-road utility: ALG (third consecutive year)
  • Toyota Highlander – mid-size utility, third-row seating: ALG
  • Toyota Camry – mid-size car: CBB (second consecutive year)
  • Toyota Prius v – alternative fuel: ALG (second consecutive year)
  • Toyota Prius c – sub-compact car: CBB
  • Toyota Avalon – full-size car: CBB
  • Toyota Sienna – minivan: CBB (co-winner)

For this year’s CBB awards, 2013 model year cars and trucks were analyzed to determine which vehicles retained the highest percentage of their original MSRP after four years.

For ALG’s residual value awards, recognition was given to vehicles from the 2017 model year that are forecast to retain the highest percentage of MSRP over the next three years.

About Toyota Canada Inc.

Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles. Toyota has sold over 5 million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 287 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability in the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is located in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver. Toyota operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than six million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota Corolla, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid.

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Toyota Prius Prime technology wins AJAC Best Green Innovation award

Toyota Prius Prime Best Green Innovation award AJAC

The Toyota Prius Prime uses a unique energy-saving heat pump design helping extend cold-weather driving range by 21 per cent.

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Innovation Awards — recognizing the very best examples of new automotive technology available to Canadian drivers — have just been announced, and the winner of Best Green Innovation? A heat pump.

Toyota’s Gas Injection Heat Pump System, to be exact, designed for the automaker’s lineup of electrified vehicles. It reduces the need to rely solely on a gasoline engine or onboard battery to provide heat, the latter significantly cutting down the amount of pure electric range. Traditional heat pumps do not operate in freezing temperatures, however this particular example utilizes what is called a Cyclone Separator integrated valve that bolsters performance and allows operation even in -10 C environments.

“Creating the world’s best-selling family of fuel-efficient, low-emissions hybrid vehicles means developing new, advanced technologies that ensure the ownership and driving experience is the same as that of a conventional automobile,” said Toyota Canada vice president Cyril Dimitris.

Toyota Prius Prime

“The Gas Injection Heat Pump System, a world-first developed for the Prius Prime, helps this plug-in hybrid achieve remarkable range, year-round. We’re honoured that the members of AJAC have recognized our commitment to cleaner motoring with this important award.”

The Prius Prime uses approximately 63 per cent less energy than a traditional heating setup, helping extend the range of the plug-in hybrid by 21 per cent during cold weather driving. First launched in Quebec last year, it is now available to the rest of Canada and has an advertised combined city and highway fuel economy rating of 1.8 Le/100 km.

Sister brand Lexus was also recognized, receiving the Best Safety Innovation award for its Lexus Safety System+, a suite of integrated safety tech such as collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, automatic high-beams, radar cruise control and more.

Toyota Lexus AJAC award winners