His­toric dou­ble for F-Pace Jaguar

Awards just keep com­ing for this fast sell­ing model

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra - John Mur­doch

The stun­ning Jaguar F-PACE has been crowned the best and most beau­ti­ful car in the world af­ter dou­ble suc­cess at the 2017 World Car Awards, scoop­ing the pres­ti­gious World Car of the Year and World Car De­sign of the Year ti­tles.

De­signed by Scot Ian Cal­lum, the per­for­mance SUV is the fastest sell­ing model Jaguar has pro­duced and is only the sec­ond ve­hi­cle to claim the his­toric dou­ble in the 13-year his­tory of the World Car Awards.

To win the pair of tro­phies, the F-PACE saw off the com­pe­ti­tion in a vote of 75 in­flu­en­tial mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists from 24 coun­tries.

These are the lat­est in a line of ma­jor hon­ours for the F-PACE since its April 2016 in­tro­duc­tion.

To date, the F-PACE has col­lected more than 40 awards, in­clud­ing be­ing named Women’s World Car of the Year and the Auto Ex­press ‘Car of the Year’ for 2016.

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “The F-PACE was de­signed and en­gi­neered as a per­for­mance SUV with ex­cep­tional dy­nam­ics, ev­ery­day us­abil­ity and bold de­sign. Winning this award en­dorses the tal­ent and great work of our teams that have de­liv­ered the world’s most prac­ti­cal sports car and Jaguar’s fastest-sell­ing ve­hi­cle”.

The awards are the first over­all suc­cess for Jaguar at the World Car Awards. The XE sports sa­loon was a fi­nal­ist for the 2016 World Car De­sign of the Year ti­tle.

The F-PACE tri­umphed over fi­nal­ists the Audi Q5 and Volk­swa­gen Tiguan to claim the 2017 World Car of the Year prize.

Ian Cal­lum, Jaguar’s di­rec­tor of de­sign, said: “The F-PACE is our first ever SUV but it is clearly recog­nis­able as a Jaguar and for it to win the 2017 World Car of the Year tro­phy vin­di­cates our de­ci­sion to bring our unique de­sign prin­ci­ples and dy­namic qual­i­ties to a new sec­tor of the mar­ket.”

The World Car Awards jury com­prises in­flu­en­tial mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists and to win the 2017 World Car De­sign of the Year prize the F-PACE saw off the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabri­o­let and Toy­ota C-HR in the fi­nal three.

The Jaguar F-PACE, priced from £34,730, is de­signed and de­vel­oped in the UK and built at the Lode Lane fac­tory in Soli­hull along­side Land Rover mod­els in­clud­ing the Range Rover, the new Dis­cov­ery and the soon-to-be-launched new Range Rover Ve­lar.

Jaguar Land Rover in­vested £120 mil­lion in the Soli­hull fa­cil­ity to build the F-PACE, part of a to­tal £2 bil­lion in­vest­ment in the plant and awarded £5 bil­lion of UK sup­plier con­tracts to sup­port its pro­duc­tion.

En­gine op­tions for the F-PACE range from the ef­fi­cient and in­no­va­tive four­cylin­der 2.0-litre In­ge­nium diesel, with CO2 emis­sions as low as 126g/km to the high-per­for­mance 380ps, su­per­charged V6 petrol model that can ac­cel­er­ate from 0-62mph in just 5.5 sec­onds.

The World Car of the Year pre­sen­ta­tions took place in New York on the eve of this year’s New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show which runs un­til April 23.

The F-PACE was de­signed and en­gi­neered as a per­for­mance SUV with ex­cep­tional dy­nam­ics

Class act the su­perb Jaguar F Pace

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