Canadian Green Car and Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year: Testing is Complete! TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - A week of testing has concluded as part of the process of identifying the Canadian Green Car of the Year (CGCOTY) and Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year (CGUVOTY). The annual awards are presented by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), as part of the Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY) Awards program. "We're happy to be in our second year of evaluations for both the Canadian Green Car and Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards, after extensive assessment by our members," said CCOTY Co-Chair Justin Pritchard. "Our Canadian Car of the Year awards program has been honed over several decades to provide consumers with awards based on extensive data and vehicle testing. Because of consumer demand, we've applied our world-class testing procedures to create these new Green-based awards, which identify the best new options available for shoppers today." To earn the distinction of Canadian Green Car or Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year, all qualified Canadian Car of the Year program entries that meet or exceed pre-set fuel efficiency targets are first tested under the original Canadian Car of the Year program, and then evaluated further, based on a unique set of green vehicle criteria. This year's Canadian Green Car of the Year entries included the Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Spark and Malibu Hybrid, the Fiat 124 Spider, the Kia Optima and Optima Hybrid, the Toyota Prius, and the Subaru Impreza. For the Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year, contenders included the Mazda CX-9, Chrysler Pacifica, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Winning vehicles are evaluated on dozens of factors, including fuel efficiency, environmentally responsible production process, market impact and significance, refueling time, consumer appeal, and the vehicle's score, against all category competitors in the overall CCOTY program.