The team at Jaguar would be in celebration mood. The company’s first ever performance SUV, the Jaguar F-Pace has been officially crowned as the best and most beautiful car in the world.
The Jaguar F-PACE has bagged the 2017 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year titles. It is the only second vehicle in history in the 13-year history of the World Car Awards to claim both titles. The F-Pace is also the fastest selling model Jaguar has produced till date.
Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, 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”.
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The World Car Awards jury comprised of 75 most influential motoring journalists from 24 countries. The F-PACE had to fight against the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Audi Q5 to claim the 2017 World Car of the Year prize. The F-PACE triumphed over the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and Toyota C-HR to win the 2017 World Car Design of the Year prize.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar 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.”
Mike Rutherford, Juror, Director and Vice-Chairman of the World Car Awards/World Car of the Year said: “Jaguar has done the unthinkable by first securing the World Car Design of the Year award, then lifting the big one – the overall World Car of the Year trophy. With F-PACE, the British company and its proud and talented workers have taken on and beaten far bigger, wealthier European, Asian and North American rivals.”
The engine options available for the Jaguar F-Pace range from the efficient and innovative four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine to the high-performance 380PS, supercharged V6 petrol motor that can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds.
The last 12 months have witnessed the launch of three entirely new product lines, and successful growth across many of Jaguar’s existing products. The F-Pace has contributed to record sales growth by attracting new customers to the brand. Jaguar is now Europe’s fastest-growing car brand with the sales increasing strongly.