TOP THREE FINALISTS IN EIGHT "BEST NEW" CATEGORIES ANNOUNCED FOR 2017Data driven by Canadian expertise. That's what makes a winner for Canadian consumers.TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2016 /CNW/ - The top three finalists in eight "Best New" categories have been announced for the 2017 Canadian Car of the Year Awards (CCOTY). The annual awards are determined by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), with results tabulated by KPMG. The overall category winners from the finalists will be announced in early December in Toronto, Ontario. These winners will then compete for the top honour of 2017 Canadian Car of the Year, Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, Canadian Green Car of the Year, and Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year. The results represent voting by the largest group of Canada's best-known automotive journalists, who gathered this October at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) in Clarington, Ontario for four days of intensive testing of all-new or significantly updated vehicles for 2017. The event was hosted by CTMP, with Michelin /BF Goodrich Canada providing lunches, registration and Media Centre partnership. AJAC also welcomed the Steel Market Development Institute as a lunch partner and Canadian Black Book provided our Key Station refreshments. The program capitalizes on the experience of some 90 member journalists, who drive all category entries on a series of drive routes, including public roads, a performance course, a handling course, and an off-road course, covering a range of conditions that consumers are also likely to experience. Dozens of factors are scored, and everything from noise levels and cargo space, to fuel economy and acceleration figures are considered and weighted. Vehicles are categorized by their type and price, and all entries in each category are driven back-to-back, on the same day and in the same conditions.