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Jaguar I-Pace completes set with World Car of the Year title

EV adds World to the European title on night of three awards.

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The Jaguar I-Pace has swept the international automotive industry’s major awards, adding the World Car of the Year prize to its European title won in March.

Car of the Year was the most significant of a hat-trick of awards taken by the British electric vehicle at the World Car Awards ceremony, held at the New York motor show. The I-Pace also received the award for World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year.


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Unlike the European trophy, which Jaguar won for the first time this year with the I-Pace, the World Car title was the brand’s second – the F-Pace SUV was crowned champion in 2017. Both titles were decided on the votes from international panels of leading motoring journalists.

The car triumphed over a strong final shortlist, comprising the Audi e-tron and the S60 from Volvo, last year’s WCOTY winner with the XC60.

Judges commended the I-Pace for its state-of-the-art powertrain and its ability to attract new customers to the brand. These views were acknowledged by Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover chief executive, who said that the I-Pace is the first step towards an ideal of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.

Jaguar I-Pace (2018) front view | World Car of the Year
The I-Pace added the World Car of the Year award to its European title.

“We started from a clean sheet of paper to create a new benchmark – the world’s best premium electric vehicle, and a true Jaguar driver’s car,” Speth said, adding; “For I-Pace to be awarded 2019 World Car of the Year gives our first all-electric vehicle the ultimate recognition it deserves.”

Another British brand celebrating at the awards night was McLaren, its 720S named World Performance Car, while Audi earned a consolation with the World Luxury Car prize for the A7.

Suzuki, meanwhile was delighted on the night with its first ever World Car Award, the Jimny taking the World Urban Car prize.

Suzuki Jimny The Car Expert
The new Jimny won Suzuki its first-ever World Car Award.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.