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Legacy named car of the year in Canada before NZ launch


The new generation Subaru Legacy has won the 2015 Canadian Car of the Year., ahead of its launch in New Zealand in April.

The announcement by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada was made at the International Auto Show in Toronto, following its selection in December as Canada's best new family car in the under $30,000 category.

The 2015 Legacy, which will be launched in New Zealand in April, was one of four finalists vying for top honours, going on to beat the Hyundai Genesis, Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC and the Volkswagen Golf.

The symmetrical All Wheel Drive Legacy delivers standout design, interior refinement and safety technology along with one of the roomiest interiors in the midsize sedan segment.

Like all Subaru models in North America, the Legacy is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick and variants equipped with its EyeSight driver assist system have also earned a superior rating and Top Safety Pick Plus award.

“Subaru had an outstanding year in 2014,” said Shiro Ohta, the chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada. “In the past year, Subaru sold a record number of vehicles. This award from AJAC is a wonderful tribute to the Subaru Legacy as well as to our recent achievements.”

AJAC's Canadian Car of the Year Awards program includes real-world driving on public roads in order to provide consumers with sound, comparative information on vehicles that are new to the market. Journalist evaluations are based on detailed criteria, including everything from safety features to cargo capacity, in order to select the best new vehicles in various categories. The goal is, ultimately, to provide highly relevant consumer-driven information for Canadian shoppers to take with them in the marketplace.

The latest award follows Subaru being named Best Mainstream Brand for 2015 in Canada and also winning four Canadian Residual Value Segment Awards from ALG, the country’s industry benchmark for residual values and depreciation data.

Separately, the Subaru Outback earned a Canadian Black Book (CBB) Best Retained Value Award in the mid-size car segment for the sixth consecutive year.

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