Awards for I-Pace and Ve­lar

Land Rover team wins with new off roader and elec­tric con­cept

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

PRE­TO­RIA — The All-New Range Rover Ve­lar has won the Best Brand De­sign Lan­guage prize at the Car De­sign Awards — the first in­dus­try recog­ni­tion of its un­prece­dented glam­our, moder­nity and ele­gance.

The Ve­lar will go on sale in South Africa af­ter Septem­ber, with diesel and petrol en­gines — all with tur­bos — avail­able in 4- or 6-cylin­der con­fig­u­ra­tions. All-wheel drive is stan­dard fit­ment and even the en­try level 2-litre makes 132 kW and 430 Nm.

The Jaguar I-Pace Con­cept elec­tric per­for­mance SUV brought more suc­cess to Bri­tain’s big­gest car man­u­fac­turer, win­ning the Con­cept Car cat­e­gory. The awards, held at the Turin Mo­tor Show by Auto & De­sign mag­a­zine, cel­e­brate brands that have con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the evo­lu­tion of au­to­mo­tive de­sign.

An in­ter­na­tional panel of jour­nal­ists chooses win­ners in three cat­e­gories: Con­cept Cars, Pro­duc­tion Cars and Brand De­sign Lan­guage.

“It’s great to be recog­nised for the hard work and creative en­deav­our of the whole Land Rover team,” said Gerry McGovern, chief de­sign of­fi­cer, Land Rover.

“Ve­lar is a true team ef­fort and one that will con­tinue the trans­for­ma­tion of our busi­ness.”

Ve­lar also took sec­ond place in the Pro­duc­tion Cars cat­e­gory.

De­signed to fill the white space be­tween the Range Rover Sport and the Range Rover Evoque, Ve­lar of­fers lev­els of lux­ury, re­fine­ment and all-ter­rain ca­pa­bil­ity never be­fore seen in the mid-size SUV seg­ment.

The Jaguar I-Pace Con­cept won the Best Con­cept Car cat­e­gory. One of the most vis­ually ar­rest­ing con­cepts ever pro­duced by Jaguar, the elec­tric per­for­mance SUV takes full ad­van­tage of the pack­ag­ing free­dom of­fered by elec­tri­fi­ca­tion.

It previews Jaguar’s first elec­tric ve­hi­cle, the Jaguar I-Pace, which will be in South Africa next year.

“This award recog­nises that the Jaguar I-Pace Con­cept is a rad­i­cal de­par­ture for elec­tric ve­hi­cles,” said Ian Cal­lum, Jaguar di­rec­tor of de­sign.

“It rep­re­sents the next gen­er­a­tion of bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cle de­sign.

“It’s a dra­matic, fu­ture-fac­ing de­sign — the prod­uct of au­then­tic Jaguar DNA matched with beau­ti­ful, pre­mium de­tails and Bri­tish crafts­man­ship,” Cal­lum said in a state­ment.

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The Range Rover Ve­lar will launch in South Africa af­ter spring. De­signed to fill the white space be­tween the Range Rover Sport and the Range Rover Evoque, the Ve­lar of­fers lev­els of lux­ury, re­fine­ment and all-ter­rain ca­pa­bil­ity never be­fore seen in the mid-size SUV seg­ment.

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