The 100% electric Jaguar I-Pace has pipped the Alpine A110 to the 2019 European Car of the Year title.
For the first time since ECOTY began in 1964 the top two cars ended up with the same number of votes (250 each). In keeping with the rules, the votes were then recounted to see which of the 60 jurors voted each car ahead of the other. After the recount, the Jaguar came out first with 18 first places ahead of the Alpine’s 16.
Only last week, the game-changing I-Pace was named UK Car of the Year and was praised for being ‘miles ahead of the premium EV pack’.
“For our first electric vehicle to also be the first Jaguar to win European Car of the Year gives us a huge sense of pride,” said Prof Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover.
He added: “I-Pace was designed and engineered in the UK from a clean sheet of paper. It is the most technologically advanced battery electric vehicle.
“It’s a true game-changer. Winning European Car of the Year is an honour and real recognition of what our world-class team has delivered.”
The European Car of the Year jury comprises 60 motoring journalists from 23 countries, and the award recognises technical innovation, design, performance, efficiency and value for money.
In total, the I-Pace has received 55 awards worldwide since it was revealed a year ago, including German, Norwegian and UK Car of the Year, BBC TopGear magazine EV of the Year, China Green Car of the Year, and Autobest’s ECOBEST Award.