"Winning these 2 awards backs the skill and great work of our groups that have provided the world's most practical sports auto and Jaguar's fastest selling vehicle", stated Dr Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover.
But it wasn't just the World Car of the Year award for the F-Pace, it also won World Car Design of the Year too.
However, in the luxury vehicle category, it was business as usual with the Mercedes E-Class scooping this year's award, ahead of the Volvo S90 and the BMW 5-Series. The victor was announced during a press conference today hosted by the New York International Auto Show.
When we first drove the F-Pace a year ago, TG's Jack Rix had this to say: "What the F-Pace smacks of is a company that's studied the market, listened to its customers and delivered a product that people are screaming out for".
Russell Anderson, managing director of Asia Pacific Importers, Jaguar Land Rover Singapore, at the launch of the Jaguar F-Pace in Singapore. The reasons are clear: The F-Pace is the new badge on the block in the luxury crossover neighborhood; that crossover market is the hottest segment in the vehicle business; and the F-Pace is just a handsome piece of work.
"The F‐Pace was designed and engineered as a performance SUV With exceptional dynamics, everyday usability and bold design". Both of which took out their respective categories at the 2016 Drive Car of the Year Awards. The auto show opens at the Jacob Javits Center in NY for the press on April 12 and will be open to the public from April 14 to 23.
The Selection was done by a panel of 75 worldwide automotive journalists. "Winning this award endorses the talent and great work of our teams that have delivered the world's most practical sports auto and Jaguar's fastest-selling vehicle". The SUV is available with a 2.0-litre diesel engine which dominates the majority of the F-Pace sales. More than enough to make it the World Car of the Year.
If performance is what you're into, the Porsche Boxster and Cayman has been named the Performance Car of the Year, topping the McLaren 570S and Audi R8 Spyder.