THE ‘Waguar’ has won World Car of the Year.
The F-Pace crossover, which was launched doing a 360-degree loop-the-loop at in Frankfurt two years ago, has run rings round its rivals again.
Announced at the 2017 New York Auto Show today, the Jaguar – a favourite for footballer WAGs – beat two other crossovers VW Tiguan and the Audi Q5 for the honour.
Not bad for a car that Jag design chief, Dumfries-born Ian Callum, didn’t want to build. He told me: “A Jaguar SUV was first talked about when I joined Jag 18 years ago.
“I didn’t know whether it was right for the brand then. But then five or six years ago, I had to start getting my head round the idea – it was inevitable it would have to happen.
“Then the task was to make it the most beautiful SUV or crossover in the world, because it’s a Jaguar. We are overwhelmed by the response.”
The Toyota Prius Prime was named the Green Car of the Year, beating out the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model X.
In the design category, the Jaguar F-Pace took top honours again, outgunning the Mercedes S-Class Cabrio and the Toyota C-HR.
If performance is what you’re into, the Porsche Boxster and Cayman has been named the Performance Car of the Year, topping the McLaren 570S and Audi R8 Spyder.
In the luxury category, the Mercedes Benz E Class captured top gongs, beating the BMW 5 Series and Volvo S90/V90.