Jaguar is celebrating lifting two major World Car of the Year awards for their first SUV, the F-PACE.
The luxury SUV has been voted the best and most beautiful car in the world after double success at the 2017 World
Car Awards, scooping the prestigious World Car of Year and World Car Design of the Year titles.
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.
Gerard O’Farrell, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Ireland said: “The F-Pace had a very successful launch in Ireland with strong sales growth in the Irish market. We are delighted with the deserved win which confirms the strength of the vehicle performance and design which has resonated with the Irish motoring public.”
The awards brace is 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 and saw off the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and Toyota C-HR in the final three.
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."