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Jaguar Land Rover Canada Awards 2011 Automotive Journalist Of The Year

Canada NewsWire

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, Oct. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - At an event gathering a group of Canada's leading automotive journalists, Jaguar Land Rover Canada recently presented the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) Automotive Journalist of the Year to Derek McNaughton of the Postmedia Network for which his work is featured in the Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal and the Vancouver Sun.

This coveted award was inaugurated in 1984 by past Jaguar Canada president, John Mackie to "reward excellence in automotive journalism."  It is now presented by Jaguar Land Rover Canada.  A variety of submissions are considered for this award including feature story, car review, general editorial opinion, with personal style and mastery of the subject taken into account for all applications of media - print, television, radio and internet.  Judges take into consideration the 'body of work' of the journalist, as individual entries for each journalist is grouped together for evaluation of his or her subject matter.

The panel of three judges, Marc Lalonde, John Burke, and Bryan Cantley, all with extensive journalism and literary backgrounds was impressed with McNaughton's conversational style and well-researched writing.  Their decision was resoundingly unanimous. 

"The car review is auto reviewing at its finest," said John Burke of the judging panel.  "It incorporates a great conversational writing style for what could have been a standard car review."

First runner-up in the Journalist of the Year competition, Vincent Aubé of Autos, was cited by the judges as being a strong entry with keen insight and having the ability to make the reader feel as if they were part of the ride.

Second runner-up was awarded to Mark Toljagic of The Toronto Star for being showcasing "a wide variety of subjects in his coverage with consistently good writing throughout."

"This award was founded over 25 years ago by Jaguar and it is always a thrill to be able to honour Canada's top talents in automotive journalism" said Barbara Barrett, communications manager for Jaguar Land Rover Canada.  "Our Jaguar and Land Rover brands are premium and exclusive brands.  As a result, it's so appropriate that we recognize the premium journalism published by this exclusive group of Canadian automotive journalists.   Congratulations to all entrants and award winners!"

Notes for editors:

Jaguar Land Rover is a business built around two great British car brands that are designed, engineered and manufactured in the United Kingdom. Jaguar Cars Limited, founded in 1922, is one of the world's premier manufacturers of luxury sedans and sports cars. Since 1948, Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that define "breadth of capability" in their segments.

Jaguar manufactures all their cars exclusively in the United Kingdom, at the Castle Bromwich manufacturing plant in the British Midlands. Land Rover and Range Rover models are all built at the Solihull plant and Halewood plant in Liverpool. Land Rover exports to 169 countries and Jaguar exports to 63 countries, with global sales for both brands exceeding 240,000 vehicles annually. The Jaguar Land Rover business employs 16,000 people in United Kingdom, including 3,500 engineers at two product development centers.

Headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey in the United States, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC has offices across the USA and Canada and is represented by more than 330 retail outlets.

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