Jaguar F-Pace is 2016 Women’s World Car of the Year

The Tribune (NZ) - - MOTORING - DAVID LIN­KLATER

Jaguar’s first lux­ury SUV is the 2016 Women’s World Car of the Year.

The 17 judges - in­clud­ing two from New Zealand - vote ini­tially for the car of their choice in six dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories and the Jaguar F-Pace won the SUV/cross­over cat­e­gory from six other con­tenders.

Judges then voted again from the list of six cat­e­gory win­ners to choose the supreme win­ner.

The F-Pace was the first model to be built by Jaguar in the com­pact lux­ury cross­over SUV class. It was for­mally an­nounced at the 2015 North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show in Detroit.

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Women’s World Car of the Year, Sandy Myhre, said win­ning a cat­e­gory is not easy, let alone win­ning the Supreme Award.

"From the early lists the judges send in there were some strong con­tenders in one or two cat­e­gories but mostly only a few per­cent­age points sep­a­rate the top three cars in each seg­ment. Honda must be con­grat­u­lated for win­ning two cat­e­gories – the Fam­ily Car Award for the Honda Civic and the Bud­get Car Award for the Honda Jazz."

The vot­ing process sees judges sub­mit their per­sonal short list and this year 294 cars were nom­i­nated by 17 judges from 14 coun­tries. A mas­ter list is drawn from th­ese choices and judges vote for their pref­er­ence from the 32 cars in six cat­e­gories that made the grade. Judges vote again from the list of six cat­e­gory win­ners to de­ter­mine the Supreme Win­ner.

Women’s World Car of the Year is the only car award in the world voted for en­tirely by women and vot­ing is by se­cret bal­lot. The fi­nal votes are au­dited by in­ter­na­tional ac­coun­tancy com­pany, Grant Thorn­ton, from their Auck­land of­fice. The com­pany has been as­so­ci­ated with Women’s World car since its in­cep­tion seven years ago and part­ner, Paul Kane, said it’s a tight com­pe­ti­tion. Ad Feed­back "Reach­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion for each cat­e­gory and choos­ing an over­all win­ner is dif­fi­cult. Vot­ing was very close this year and could have swung ei­ther way for the Supreme Win­ner.

"The per­for­mance cat­e­gory was par­tic­u­larly hard-fought be­tween two Fords – the Mus­tang and the Fo­cus RS – with only one vote sep­a­rat­ing them. The stand out was the Toy­ota Prius with the big­gest mar­gin in the Green Car cat­e­gory," he said.

Volvo’s S90 was named lux­ury car of the year. fu­tag Stuff

A Jaguar F-Pace S Sd.

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