75 journalists from 23 countries drove the cars in Los Angeles a year ago, thus shortlisting ten cars in the first round and then bringing the list down to three which was announced in Geneva last month.
The Mercedes E-Class took the 2017 World Luxury Car title while the BMW i3 (94Ah) was declared the inaugural victor of the World Urban Car award. "Winning this award endorses the talent and great work of our teams that have delivered the world's most practical sports auto and Jaguar's fastest-selling vehicle".
Russell Anderson, managing director of Asia Pacific Importers, Jaguar Land Rover Singapore, at the launch of the Jaguar F-Pace in Singapore.
The list of winners for the 2017 World Car Awards has been announced recently. The Toyota Prius Prime, was adjudged the World Green Car of the Year while the and the BMW i3 beat the Suzuki Ignis to win the which World Urban Car award. The reasons are clear: The F-Pace is the new badge on the block in the luxury crossover neighborhood; that crossover market is the hottest segment in the vehicle business; and the F-Pace is just a attractive piece of work.
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That Added gong, only the second time a auto has won the double in the history of the awards, has prompted Jaguar to proclaim the F-Pace "The best and most attractive vehicle in the world". "This very reporter predicted this victory weeks ago ("...the odds-on pick has to be the Jaguar F-Pace...").
In doing so, the lightweight off-roader has essentially come up from behind to beat off stiff SUV competition from two of the world's biggest German marques, VW and Audi, whose latest mid-size crossovers, the Tiguan and Q5 respectively had also made the final shortlist. "If this doesn't become Jaguar's best-selling model ever, I'll be stunned".
However perhaps the greatest surprise at this year's awards reveal that the Toyota Prius hybrid grabbed the Green Car Award. 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.
It is already the most searched Jaguar ever in the United Kingdom with 4.4 million unique page views of F-PACE content since launch and more than 680,000 people taking the time to configure their dream F-PACE online. The other engine option is diesel as well but with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo engine that develops 296bhp of power and a whopping 700Nm of torque.