The Canadian-built Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel have each been awarded the Best EV of 2020 and Best Pickup Truck of 2020, respectively, by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). It marks the fourth consecutive AJAC award for the Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid, which has won an award each year since its 2016 debut.
“The fourth consecutive AJAC award for the Pacifica is further testament to its class-leading safety and functionality, proving again to be the ideal vehicle for Canadian families,” said Reid Bigland, FCA Canada President and CEO. “This great news for Ram also comes on the heels of the brand achieving its second-best sales year on record for 2019, demonstrating that our commitment to building award-winning trucks is well received by Canadians.”
The 2020 Ram 1500 is the no-compromise benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup. For 2020, the Ram 1500 becomes North America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup with 480 lb.-ft. of torque and most capable light-duty diesel, with towing capability up to 5,697 kg (12,560 lb.).
The Pacifica Hybrid is North America’s first and only hybrid minivan. Pacifica Hybrid achieves a fuel efficiency rating of 2.7 Le/100 km in the electric-only mode in city driving, an all-electric range of more than 50 kilometers (31 miles) of all-electric range and a total range of more than 800 kilometers (497 miles).
AJAC is a long-running and respected national association of automotive journalists who test drive and report on new vehicles in various media outlets across the country. The annual Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards program is an integral part of the association, providing consumers with expert advice and data to inform their vehicle buying decision.
The nation’s top automotive journalists were able to vote on every vehicle available to Canadian consumers, taking into account all aspects ranging from safety features to cargo space. Journalists also voted at AJAC’s annual Test Fest, a multi-day event allowing media to test different vehicles back to back and cast their votes.
The winner of each of AJAC’s 14 categories, including Chrysler Pacifica and Ram 1500, are now eligible to be named 2020 Canadian Car of the Year or 2020 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, with those overall titles announced at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, February 13th, 2020.