World Car of the Year 2017 award winners announced

Apr 15, 2017, 01:05
World Car of the Year 2017 award winners announced

The victor was announced during a press conference today hosted by the New York International Auto Show.

To be eligible for the overall World Car award, the candidates must become available for sale on at least two continents during the period beginning January 1, 2016 and ending May 31, 2017.

A thoroughly deserved win by Jaguar, beating off competition from the Audi Q5 and Volkswagen Tiguan in the final top three (making the Jag's win a bit of a no-brainer), and doing no harm at all to future sales of the F-Pace in the process.

- Picture courtesy of Jaguar/TODAYNEW YORK, April 13 - On the eve of the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Jaguar's first-ever SUV, the F-Pace, has been named the 2017 World Car of the Year.

In 2016, the XE sports saloon was a finalists for World Car Design of the Year title but was beaten by the Mazda MX-5.

A panel of 75 influential motoring journalists from 24 countries all voted on which vehicle they believed deserved the award before crowning the Jag the champion. This just goes to show the interest in the SUV segment across the globe and also the rise of a segment that might redefine the automotive industry around the world.

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There is an understated luxury about F-Pace, it's chocked full of the latest technology including a 10.2 inch touchscreen infotainment system.

"The F‐Pace was designed and engineered as a performance SUV With exceptional dynamics, everyday usability and bold design".

Nabbing the coveted award wasn't the Jaguar F-Pace's only achievement, as it was also crowned the 2017 World Car Design of the Year victor, where it had to battle with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and the Toyota C-HR. This led to the manufacture of the most practical sports auto in the world and also Jaguar's fastest selling vehicle. Topping the list is Jaguar F-Pace.

"Consideration for this award is a testament to our focus on developing products that both stir the emotions and meet the mobility needs of our customers in all corners of the world", said Jack Hollis, Group VP of Toyota division. So when the British carmaker ventured into building SUVs, apart from the initial grumbling about the heritage, much was expected from their first ever SUV, the F-Pace.

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