The Road to the World Car Awards journey concluded today with a grande finale awards ceremony and press conference that opened the New York International Auto Show. The JAGUAR I-PACE was declared the 2019 World Green Car.
This is the first time Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has won a World Green Car award. Previously JLR has won a World Car of the Year award in 2017 and four World Car Design of the Year awards; two of them consecutively.
Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “It is an honour that the Jaguar I-PACE has received such an accolade from the prestigious World Car jurors.
“For I-PACE to be awarded 2019 World Green Car gives our first all-electric vehicle the ultimate recognition it deserves. I would like to thank the team who have created I-PACE for their passion in making it so outstanding.”
“Designed and developed in the UK, the zero-emissions I-PACE is attracting customers worldwide, and for many it will be their first EV and their first Jaguar – to date, over 11,000 people in more than 60 countries have taken delivery. The balance of sports car performance, exceptional refinement and true SUV practicality make I-PACE the stand-out choice in its segment.
Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum, was in New York to accept the awards.
“As intuitive and as rewarding to drive as all other Jaguar models, the I-PACE uses state-of-the-art technologies to help customers get the most from every journey. The thermal management system has a smart heat pump which can scavenge energy from the outside air and the vehicle’s high-voltage electronics to heat the cabin: this reduces the load of the battery, which in turn increase ranges – even in freezing conditions.
The range display is personalised to each individual driver and can show how much energy systems such as climate control or heated seats are using – and how much range could be gained by switching them off. And if the vehicle is fitted with four-zone climate control, the Smart Climate function ensures that it will only heat or cool the area around each occupant, ensuring comfort with minimum energy consumption.”
The JAGUAR I-PACE was chosen from an initial entry list of eleven new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of three finalists as announced in Geneva on March 5th. The 2019 Top Three in the World finalists are the Audi e-Tron, the Hyundai Nexo and the Jaguar I-PACE.
To be eligible for the 2019 World Green Car award, a vehicle had to employ some significant form of advanced technology specifically to enhance its environmental responsibility, be produced in volumes of at least 1,000 units/year, and be on-sale on at least one continent prior to May 31, 2019.
Vehicles were selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 86 prominent automotive journalists from 24 countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulates the jurors’ ballots.
The Road to the World Car Awards is an annual journey in partnership with the New York International Auto Show. The journey follows our international journalists as they test-drive, and vote on, the 2019 eligible vehicles. The official launch took place in Paris on October 2nd and ended with today’s winners’ press conference.
World Car made several stops along the way: our fifth annual L.A. Test Drives event concluded the last week of November. The event was an outstanding success with 48 jurors attending from 18 different countries across the six day event. ZF was the event’s exclusive host.
World Car also made a stop at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 10, 2019 where together World Car and ZF hosted a panel discussion moderated by Tim Stevens (Editor-in-Chief, CNET'S Roadshow and World Car director). The topic for discussion? "The Intersection of Consumer and Automotive Tech."
Of course, The Road To the World Car Awards doesn’t really stop. Just a few weeks from now the World Car Garage will be staged for the fourth year at the London Motor & Tech Show May 16-19; offering a glimpse of the 2020 contenders as well as celebrating the 2019 winners.
The Global Trends Report, co-presented annually by Prime Research and Autoneum, was also announced today during the New York show’s opening media breakfast. The report is the culmination of research and insights across the past six months. Autoneum CEO Martin Hirzel said: “The Global Trends Report is a valuable instrument for identifying future directions and a guide for prioritizing them. Actual trends such as electric mobility will characterize the automotive industry, what offers exciting development prospects for Autoneum. Our innovative products and technologies for acoustic and thermal management make vehicles quieter, safer, lighter and contribute to a comfortable driving experience. I am looking forward to the announcement of the 2019 World Car Award winners and I am confident that again the majority of all winning models is equipped with Autoneum components!”
PHOTOS and VIDEOS: event photos will be posted the morning of Wednesday, April 17th to www.worldcarawards.com. Photos of the top three car finalists in all categories are already on the web site’s home page. Videos from the event will be posted by Wednesday afternoon.
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