Monday, October 17, 2011

Range Rover Evoque named Scottish Car of the Year; Jaguar Gets Three Awards

This weekend Land Rover’s new Range Rover Evoque was named the overwhelming victor of the Scottish Car of the Year award as well as Best Compact SUV by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers in Glasgow on Friday evening.

Announcing the Evoque's triumph, Jim Murdoch, president of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, described the new Land Rover as a “wholly deserving” winner of the Scottish Car of the Year title.

“Built in Britain and with an iconic badge on its bonnet, our top car of 2011 has wowed everyone who’s driven it,” he added. “With more votes than any previous winner, this car is a runaway success. No surprise then that it already has a queue of buyers stretching round the block and beyond. We’re very proud to be among the first to acknowledge the brilliant work that has gone into building this car, especially as it’s so ideally suited to Scotland’s unique driving conditions.

“As two tough winters have shown, the need for capable 4x4s is still as strong as ever in Scotland. When the snow isn’t falling, we also demand a car that works just as well for family and business needs. And as if we’re not already asking for everything in one car, we also want excellent economy and affordable running costs. Our winner achieves all of this and also manages to be one of the most desirable cars money can buy.”

Land Rover is no stranger to success in the Scottish Car of the Year awards: the Discovery 4 was voted top of the Scots in 2009.

Murray Dietsch, Land Rover’s director of engineering programmes, received the Evoque’s award. “Scottish Car of the Year is undoubtedly one of the most important accolades in the industry,” he said. “On behalf of everyone at Land Rover, I would like to thank the association for the award and for recognising that the Evoque is the most exciting car to be driven on Scottish roads this year.”

His views were echoed by Phil Hodgkinson, product development director: “We are all very proud. The Evoque is the result of a real team effort,  with all functions across the company working together to create a unique, exciting and altogether outstanding new vehicle.”

The prize comes hot on the heels of the Evoque’s success in the Auto Express New Car Awards, in which it was declared the magazine’s Car of the Year and Best Compact SUV.

With a choice of three engines, two body styles, three design themes and a wide range of options and accessories, the new Range Rover Evoque offers customers significant choice across a range of price points; the range starts at £27,955. Offered in both 5-door and Coupé forms, the Evoque made its UK showroom debut in September, backed by 20,000 worldwide advance orders, 6000 of those from British buyers.

Jaguar Claims Three Awards

Jaguar also claimed three awards at the Scottish Car of the Year prize. The Jaguar XF was named Best Diesel Car, XKR-S the Best Sports Car and the Jaguar E-type the Most Iconic Car of the Past 50 Years.

Jaguar's Dumfries-born Director of Design, Ian Callum, said; 'To win three categories at the Scottish Car of the Year Awards is very special. Such accolades for our new cars alongside recognition of our heritage demonstrates that Jaguar's mix of sporting DNA, current design direction and class-leading engineering is a successful one. These awards are important to everyone at Jaguar and our dealers across the country.'

Assessed on Scottish roads by journalists from the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW), the new 2.2-litre diesel XF with 8-speed gearbox received praise from ASMW Secretary, Stephen Park; 'Diesel cars are now about so much more than just fuel economy. We expect superb refinement and a great drive as standard, so to win this award needs a truly polished performer. With a superb drive and a whisper quiet cabin, our winner stands out for its class and economy, not to mention low emissions that appeal to both private and company car drivers.'

Commenting on the second of the Jaguar range to scoop an award, the XKR-S, Stephen Park said; 'It’s easy to be impressed by fast cars, but this year’s sporting category winner simply took our breath away. Jet-like pace that sees the speedo needle ready to take off is a given, but we’re also looking for something with first class credentials as a desirable car for every occasion. Silky looks combined with steely performance made this a simple choice of heart and head.'

The XKR-S is the fastest Jaguar produced in a generation, capable of accelerating from rest to 100 mph in just 8.7 seconds.

The Jaguar E-type, marking its half-century this year, was named Most Iconic Car of the Past 50 Years.

The night saw Jaguar Land Rover pick up a total of five separate awards with the Land Rover Evoque being named Best Compact SUV on its way to being crowned Scottish Car of the Year.

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