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Coventry designed Jag is officially world beater.

Byline: ENDA MULLEN News Reporter

JAGUAR'S all-electric I-Pace has cemented its position as a world-class car by claiming top spots and two more gongs in the ultimate automotive awards.

The Coventrydesigned I-Pace has become the first car to win three categories at the World Car Awards - including the coveted top spot.

The I-Pace was declared World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car at the hotly contested annual automotive showdown. The PS60,000-plus EV was revealed as a triple world champion at the New York International Auto Show.

The latest win for the I-Pace, decided by a panel of 86 motoring journalists from 24 countries, comes just weeks after it claimed the European Car of Year title. The I-Pace is not just the first all-electric Big Cat but the first EV produced by Jaguar Land Rover as part of an electrification strategy going forward.

It has won several awards to date, with high-profile UK accolades including UK Car of the Year, Sunday Times Car of the Year, Stuff Magazine's Best Car and T3's Best Car.

Further afield it has also been named both German and Norwegian Car of the Year and China's Green Car of the Year.

Jaguar Land Rover's CEO Dr Ralf Speth said: "It is an honour that the Jaguar I-Pace has received these three accolades from the prestigious World Car jurors. "We started with an ideal, to move towards our Destination Zero vision - zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.

"I-Pace is our first step to achieving this, and it was conceived when EVs were little more than a niche choice."

Mr Speth added: "So 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.

"For I-Pace to be awarded 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car gives our first all-electric vehicle the ultimate recognition it deserves.

"I would like to thank the team who have created I-Pace for their passion in making it so outstanding."

Designed at Jaguar's Whitley design HQ and developed in the UK, the I-Pace is built under contract by Magner Steyr at its factory in Graz, Austria.

So far more than 11,000 have been bought.

The I-Pace triumphed over the Audi e-tron and Volvo S60/V60 to win World Car of the Year, the Suzuki Jimny and Volvo XC40 to win World Car Design of the Year, and the Audi e-tron and Hyundai Nexo to win World Green Car.

Jaguar's director of design Ian Callum said: "Designing Jaguar cars is probably the best job in the world, and I can honestly say that no other project I've worked on has been as rewarding as I-Pace.

"Electric vehicles offer designers unprecedented freedom to rethink the proportions, the profile and the packaging, and it's an opportunity that my team has exploited in full.

"Winning the 2019 World Car Design of the Year award, as well as World Car of the Year and World Green Car, is true recognition for their achievements."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Apr 25, 2019
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