Jaguar I-Pace named 2019 European Car of the Year
The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUV has won the coveted 2019 European Car of the Year award after fighting it out with the French-made Alpine A110 sports car.
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It was a close contest between the I-Pace and Alpine’s Porsche-rivalling A110 coupe, with each car sharing 250 votes – that’s the first time there’s been a draw since the European Car of the Year award started in the 1960s.
Taking into account which of the jurors voted each car ahead of the other in the shortlist, a recount took place, and the Jaguar emerged victorious with 18 votes more than the Alpine.
Rawdon Glover, managing director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: “It’s fair to say that the Jaguar I-Pace is on a roll; only 10 weeks into the year and Jaguar first all-electric model has already received a further 13 major international awards. This latest European Car of the Year title is a real testament to the skills and dedication of the entire Jaguar Land Rover workforce in our home market.
“It’s not just the experts that love I-PACE, either; UK customers have been rushing to our showrooms to experience the very latest in hi-tech British innovation and engineering.”
Here’s a closer look at all the nominees…
Coming in a close second, the cool, retro-looking Alpine A110 marks a return to form from a French manufacturer that’s been dormant for two decades and, if the reviews are to be believed, it’s a driver’s car that is knocking at the door of the Porsche 718.
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