Electric SUV claims prize after tie-break with Alpine A110

The electric Jaguar I-Pace has claimed a narrow victory in the European Car of the Year award, edging out the Alpine A110.

The British firm's electric SUV finished level on points with the A110 in the jury voting and was declared the winner after a tie-break based on how many judges had given a first-place vote to each car. The I-Pace received 18 first-place votes, compared with 16 for the A110.

It is the first time in the history of the event that two cars have finished tied after the main jury vote and the first time a Jaguar has won the award.

Jaguar design boss Ian Callum said: "Why are people still surprised that electric cars win these awards? This is the future. We'd better all accept that."

He added: "This was a wonderful car for the team to design and work on, because it's a unique new car on a unique platform. For me, after 40 years in the business, this is the most exciting car I've ever had the chance to work on."

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The I-Pace and A110 both received 250 votes. The Kia Ceed finished a close third in the results, receiving 247 votes. The Ford Focus was fourth (235 votes). The other finalists were the Citroën C5 AircrossMercedes-Benz A-Class and Peugeot 508.

The Car of the Year award is run by seven European automotive publications, including Autocar. The award is voted on by a jury comprising 60 journalists, including Autocar’s Matt Prior and Andrew Frankel, from 23 countries. The award was established in 1964, with the Rover 2000 claiming the inaugural victory. The Volvo XC40 took the prize last year.

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4 March 2019

Congratulations to Jaguar, i'd have been happy if the Alpine had won as well.

4 March 2019
Yaaaay!

4 March 2019

Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!

Indian car my foot. Would like them to bring the manufacturing back to blighty though.

Well-deserved, JLR's greatest acheivment in the last decade.

JMax

4 March 2019

Would have been my choice too.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

4 March 2019

Forget facelifting the XE / XF (too little too late), just make a lower saloon-height iPace as the XE / XF replacement.

4 March 2019

And please bring EV production to the UK.

4 March 2019

Is there a more perfect 21st century garage right now than an I-Pace with an A110 for the weekend?

4 March 2019

Is this technically the first Indian car to win the award?

4 March 2019
turbinecol wrote:

Is this technically the first Indian car to win the award?

 

indian owned is completely different to being a indian. By your logic Mercedes would be part Chinese and part Kuwaiti. In that case I would rather be indian all day long.

4 March 2019
turbinecol wrote:

Is this technically the first Indian car to win the award?

You, sir, are a bigot,

- Vauxhall is French

- Bentleys are German

- Rolls-Royce are German

- Volvo is Chinese

- Lamborghini is German

Notice anything?

 

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