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Jaguar I-Pace lifts the coveted 2019 World Car of the Year crown

By Paul Connolly

The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace has scooped the World Car of the Year title. And to complete a trio of gongs for the UK-built car, the I-Pace also won two other titles at the awards in New York – the first vehicle in the competition’s history to win three categories.

As well as the 2019 World Car of the Year award, the I-Pace picked up the World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car titles.

The awards, administered by a not-for-profit association and now in their 15th year, are presented at the New York International Auto Show by a panel of 86 motoring journalists from 24 countries.

Judges hailed the I-Pace’s head-turning looks, its 292-mile zero-emission range, its five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and the driving dynamics, including a 4.5 second 0-62mph time.

The judges said: “The I-PACE’s dramatic, cab-forward profile, short overhangs and taut, muscular haunches give it a sense of drama which set it apart from other SUVs.

“The spacious interior – enabled by the bespoke electric vehicle architecture – is finished with beautiful premium details and exacting Jaguar craftsmanship.”

The I-PACE, Jaguar’s first all-electric car, is powered by a state-of-the-art 90kWh lithium-ion battery capable of charging from 0-80% in just 40 minutes.

The car saw off competition from two other finalists: the Audi e-tron and Volvo S60/V60.

In 2017 the Jag F-PACE won World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year. (PACE is the name Jaguar gives to its SUV range, which includes the

It’s the latest of a clutch of awards for the car, including European Car of Year title, UK Car of the Year, German Car of the Year and China’s Green Car of the Year.

Jaguar Land Rover boss 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.

“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.”

The car was designed and developed in the UK and has attracted over 11,000 customers in more than 60 countries worldwide.

It is designed to have a combination of sports car performance, zero emissions, exceptional refinement and SUV practicality.

It costs from £60,995 including £3,500 UK Government plug-in vehicle grant.

Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, who was in New York to accept the awards, 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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