European Car of the Year 2019: Jaguar I-Pace wins COTY by a nose …

The Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV has been crowned European Car of the Year 2019, but only just; the Alpine A110 fractionally lost out in a tiebreaker
Jaguar’s I-Pace battery-electric SUV has won the 2019 Car of the Year award in an incredibly tight contest between it and Renault‘s Alpine sports coupé. Formal voting ended with each car sharing 250 votes apiece; the first time there’s been a draw in the Coty award since it was started in 1964.

In keeping with the rules, the votes were then recounted to see which of the 60 jurors voted each car ahead of the other; with that recount done, the Jaguar came out first with 18 first places ahead of the Alpine’s 16.
This is the first Jaguar to win the award in the Coty’s 55 years and a visibly delighted Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, received the award from jury president Frank Janssen.
“Wow, was that close or what,” said Callum, “thank you very much. I don’t understand why people make such a fuss over battery electric cars winning this award though; this is the future. It’s a whole new Jaguar on a whole new platform and it’s the most exciting car I’ve ever worked on.”

The voting on the seven-strong shortlist was close, with five models taking the lead in the voting announcement which is done in the style of the Eurovision Song Contest, with each country announced at a time in alphabetical order. As well as the Jaguar and the Alpine, Ford‘s Focus, Citroën‘s C5 Aircross and Kia’s Ceed hatchback each held the lead during the count and when the vote went to the last country, the UK, with six judges including yours truly, the leading vehicle was Kia’s Ceed with 234 votes.

THE AWARD-WINNING ALL-ELECTRIC JAGUAR I‑PACE

* * * Every Jaguar vehicle feels like no other car on the road. Moving to all-electric power doesn’t change this. Built from the ground up, the New Jaguar I‑PACE is a pure Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). Thrilling to look at and drive.
ALL NEW JAGUAR MODELS ARE BACKED BY JAGUAR ELITECARE, OUR BEST-IN-CLASS COVERAGE*.
• New Vehicle Limited Warranty
• Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance
• 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
• Jaguar InControl® Remote & Protect TM

DIMENSIONS

* * * The I‑PACE has a compact footprint from the outside but exceptional space within. There are five full seats, innovative storage, a substantial rear cargo space of over 25.3 cubic feet and 0.95 cubic feet in the front storage compartment.

POWER

* * * The I‑PACE is propelled by two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors. Similar to the technology found in the I‑TYPE Formula E racing car, these motors generate 394 HP and 512 Lb-Ft of torque.

CHARGING

* * * With a 50 kW DC rapid charger — the kind found at most public charging stations — the I-PACE can achieve a 0-80% charge in 85 minutes.*
*Note: Actual charge times may vary according to environmental conditions and available charging installation.

INCENTIVES

* * * I‑PACE owners receive the financial benefits electric vehicle ownership affords. Incentives that make day-to-day driving more convenient and cost-effective can include government grants, lower road taxes, reduced city-center tolls and easy access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes.12
Thrilling to look at and drive, easy to live with and connected like never before. Make it yours today.

MOVING LINES

* * * Featuring an elegant, highly aerodynamic design with a low-drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd, the I‑PACE has been created to provide efficiency by slicing cleanly through the air for maximum range and stability. The I‑PACE offers excitement from every angle thanks to its flowing waistline, dramatic hood scoop and signature rear haunches.

INNER PEACE

* * * The I‑PACE seamlessly integrates technology and abundant space. The interior design is clean and uncluttered, with tactile features and sweeping lines. The nature of the electric powertrain offers additional space, providing more freedom to maximize the comfort provided by the I‑PACE interior.

ALWAYS IN CHARGE

* * * The Touch Pro® Duo infotainment system in the I‑PACE makes it simple to control all the car’s technologies. 4G Wi-Fi capability is standard and a host of connectivity features mean it’s easy to keep in touch with your digital world.5, 9

NEW I-PACE S KEY FEATURES

* * * 18″ 15-Spoke ‘Style 1022’ Alloy Wheels
LED headlights
8-Way Semi-Powered Luxtec Sports Seats
Touch Pro® Duo, Interactive Driver Display and Meridian™ Sound System5
Park Package Including Park Assist, 360° Parking Aid and Rear Traffic Monitor4
Connectivity Features Include: Remote, Navigation Pro, Connect Pro (Smart Settings, Pro Services, 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot)7,9 and Stolen Vehicle Locator

NEW I-PACE SE

* * * A hyper‐modern form with advanced driver assistance features.
Base MSRP from $75,8501
KEY FEATURES
20″ 6-Spoke ‘Style 6007’ Alloy Wheels
Premium LED Headlights with Signature Daytime Running Lights
10-Way Grained Leather Sports Seats with Memory
Touch Pro® Duo, Interactive Driver Display and Meridian™ Sound System5
Drive Package Including Blind Spot Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and High-speed Emergency Braking4, 11
Connectivity Features include: Remote, Navigation Pro, Connect Pro (Smart Settings, Pro Services, 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot)7,9and Stolen Vehicle Locator

NEW I-PACE HSE

* * * The height of I‑PACE technology and electric luxury in an assertive, exquisitely styled package.
Base MSRP from $80,5001
KEY FEATURES
20″ 5-Spoke ‘Style 5068’ Alloy Wheels with Diamond Turned Finish
Premium LED Headlights with Signature Daytime Running Lights
18-Way Windsor Leather Heated and Cooled Front Sports Seats with Heated Rear Seats
Touch Pro Duo, Interactive Driver Display and Meridian™ Surround Sound System5
Driver Assist Package including Blind Spot Assist, 360° Surround Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist and High-Speed Emergency Braking 4,11
Connectivity features include: Remote, Navigation Pro, Connect Pro (Smart Settings, Pro Services, 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot)7,9 and Stolen Vehicle Locator

NEW I-PACE FIRST EDITION

* * * With exclusive design details and high specification features as standard, the I‑PACE First Edition captures the spirit of the I‑PACE Concept.
Base MSRP from $85,9001
KEY FEATURES
20″ 5 Split-Spoke ‘Style 5070’ Alloy Wheels in Technical Grey with Polished Finish
Premium LED Headlights with Signature Daytime Running Lights
18-Way Windsor Leather Heated and Cooled Front Sports Seats with Heated Rear Seats
Heated Steering Wheel
Extended Windsor Leather Upgrade
Light Oyster Suedecloth Headlining
First Edition Gloss Charcoal Ash Wood Veneer
Touch Pro Duo7, Interactive Driver Display5 and Head-Up Display4
Meridian™ Surround Sound System
Driver Assist Package including Blind Spot Assist, 360° Surround Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist and High-speed Emergency Braking4,11
Adaptive Dynamics4
Adaptive Surface Response4
Configurable Ambient Interior Lighting
Four-zone Climate Control
Activity Key
Connectivity Features include: Remote, Navigation Pro, Connect Pro (Smart Settings, Pro Services, 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot)7,9 and Stolen Vehicle Locator

European Car of the Year 2019 award will provide a much-needed boost for JLR, which has recently laid off workers and has suffered poor sales of its conventional-engined models. It will also reinforce a new direction for the company to concentrate on battery electric vehicle in future.
The zero-emission SUV from Jaguar and the lightweight sports car produced by Alpine of France beat the Ford Focus into third position.
Then came the Citroen C5 Aircross, the Peugeot 508, the Kia Ceed and the Mercedes A-Class.
The European Car of the Year award is a long-running institution established in 1964 as the definitive award for car buyers on the Continent. Each year, a jury of 60 expert voters from 23 European countries convene to choose a single winner from all the mainstream cars recently released in Europe, regardless of their country of origin.
Every jury member has 25 points to distribute among the shortlist, and must award points to at least five cars. He or she may not award more than ten points to any one car, nor may he or she award ‘joint first’ to two models. These votes made public, as are the jury member’s reasoning behind them.

PERFORMANCE

* * * Top speed (mph) 124
Acceleration 0‑60 mph (secs) 4.5
RANGE AND CONSUMPTION EPA Estimated Range (miles) Up to 23410
POWERTRAIN Battery (kWh) 90
Maximum power (hp) 394
@ rpm 4,250
Maximum torque (lb-ft) 512
@ rpm 0
Transmission Auto
Charge Time – Level 2 – 0-80% (hours) / 0-100% (hours) / DC 50 kW – 0-80% (mins) 10.1 / 12.9 / 85

WEIGHT

* * * Weight from (lbs) 4,784
Gross vehicle weight (from – lbs) 5,886

DIMENSIONS

* * * LENGTH (in) 184.3
OVERALL HEIGHT (in) 61.3
FRONT WHEEL TRACK (in) 64.7 (18″ Wheel)
REAR WHEEL TRACK (in) 65.5 (18″ Wheel)

TURNING CIRCLE (ft)

* * * Turning Circle (ft) 39.3
FRONT WHEEL TRACK Ground clearance fully laden (in) 5.6
Front wheel track (in) 64.7 (18″ Wheel)
HEIGHT Overall Height (in) 61.3



* * * VEHICLE LENGTHS Overall length (in) 184.3
Wheelbase (in) 117.7
VEHICLE WIDTHS Front Track (in) 64.7 (18″ Wheel)
Rear Track (in) 65.5 (18″ Wheel)
Overall width with mirrors folded (in) 74.6
Overall width including mirrors (in) 84.2
Trunk/Cargo Volume (cu. Ft.) 25.3 / 51 with rear seat folded

OPTIONS AND JAGUAR GEAR

* * * With the exceptional collection of options and Jaguar Gear, you can create the finest I‑PACE in the world: Yours.
aguar vehicle accessories and options let you personalize the I‑PACE according to your taste, your lifestyle and your interests. The most popular are grouped into three convenient packages: Exterior Carbon Fiber Package, Black Exterior Package and Cold Climate Package. Build your own I‑PACE and browse the online accessories catalogue to view the full range.
EXTERIOR PACKAGE OPTIONS
Add another distinctive edge to the design of the I‑PACE with these exterior packages.
COLD CLIMATE PACKAGE
This package includes heated washer jets, a heated windshield and heated steering wheel.

ILLUMINATED JAGUAR FRONT GRILLE BADGE
The optional illuminated front grille badge creates stunning exterior styling. The badge illuminates when the I‑PACE is unlocked, when the vehicle’s doors are open and the interior lights are on. The illumination goes out when the vehicle is started.
CARBON FIBER GRILLE SURROUND
Stunning high-grade Carbon Fiber front grille surround, featuring a twill weave with a High Gloss finish, provides a premium exterior styling upgrade to highlight the dynamic capabilities and performance-inspired styling of the Jaguar I‑PACE.

CARBON FIBER MIRROR COVERS
Featuring a twill weave and a High Gloss lacquered finish, High grade Carbon Fiber mirror covers provides a performance-inspired styling enhancement coupled with weight benefits associated with carbon fiber.

SPORTS PEDALS
Made from stainless steel and rubber, the Pedal Kit fits securely over existing pedals for a contemporary, sporting appearance.
PERSONALIZED ILLUMINATED TREADPLATE
Elegantly styled stainless steel sill treadplate finisher for driver or passenger doors. Illuminates when either the driver or passenger doors are opened.
LUXURY CARPET MATS
Luxurious, tailored front carpet mats with embossed Jaguar logo and Nubuck edge binding. The premium mats provide a well-appointed finishing touch to the interior.

CLICK AND GO RANGE

* * * Click and Go is a compact storage system that fits on the back of the front seat headrests. It includes a headrest mounted coat hanger to help keep clothes wrinkle free. For rear entertainment, a removable tablet holder can be easily positioned at multiple angles. Click and Hook is a universal hook that creates extra storage space to hang items such as bags.
IPHONE® CONNECT AND CHARGE DOCK
Designed to allow visibility of your phone* while charging, the iPhone connect and charge dock utilizes the cup holder space in the central console. When connected, the iPhone’s media is accessible and has the ability to be controlled via the integrated in-car infotainment system.

ROOF CROSS BARS

* * * Cross bars enable the use of a wide range of roof carrying accessories. The I‑PACE cross bars feature a new and unique quick release mechanism allowing the cross bars to be easily fitted or removed without the use of tools.

REAR MOUNTED CYCLE CARRIER

* * * An easy-to-fit, rear mounted, lockable cycle carrier for one bike. Maximum load capacity 66 lbs (maximum 2 x 33-lb bikes).

WATER SPORTS CARRIER

* * * A versatile system for transporting a variety of sports equipment including a surfboard, kayak or sailboard.
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The new generation of Groupe PSA’s Leisure Activity Vehicle (LAV) wins the 2019 Autobest Award

Fri, 14/12/2018 – 11:30
The Autobest Award ‘Best Buy Car of Europe’: a prestigious trophy, awarded by a jury of 31 European media for the new generation of Citroën Berlingo, Opel Combo Life and the new Peugeot Rifter
A prize rewarding Groupe PSA core model strategy , which takes into account expectations of customers from the design phase of vehicles
One common program developed for differentiated vehicles reflecting the positioning of each brand
Groupe PSA, forerunner and historical leader of the leisure activity vehicle (LAV) segment in Europe for more than 20 years,

The new generation of Groupe PSA’s Leisure Activity Vehicle (LAV) wins the 2019 Autobest Award
The new generation of Groupe PSA’s Leisure Activity Vehicle (LAV) wins the 2019 Autobest Award

« Groupe PSA is very proud of this distinction awarded by this jury, made of automotive experts. This new recognition rewards teams’ work and illustrates the relevance of our development choices made with our Core Model Strategy, which aims are to propose the most adapted offer to our customers, differentiate our brands, and increase the efficiency of our investments and our dedicated resources. » says Olivier Bourges, Groupe PSA Executive Vice President Programs and Strategy

Dan Vardie, Founder and Chairman of Autobest, comments on this award: « The Groupe PSA triplets victory is well-deserved for this new platform. A platform designed from the car perspective and requirements and able to deliver different personalities fitting each of the brand offer. A platform who convinced two international Juries from car and LCV perspectives and who will probably be one of the best sellers in incoming years. This is the first time in our history when we have a multiple winner. I am personally glad for the choice of Autobest Jury for this bodystyle as a true expression of a Best Buy Car of Europe. »

Since 2001, the Autobest “Best Buy Car of Europe” Award has recognised the vehicle models with the best price / performance / equipment ratio. Voted by 31 specialized journalists from 31 European countries, the cars in competition are evaluated on the basis of 13 criteria: price-quality, design, comfort, technologies, quality of services, availability of spare parts in the networks of distribution.
After comparative tests among the 6 finalists, it is the model that totals the most votes that wins the title of this prestigious election.

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Citroën ON THE PACE OF THE LEADERS…

After Craig Breen spent long periods fighting for a podium spot, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT come away from Wales with the satisfaction of having seen the C3 WRC prove it is competitive once again, on a surface where you need to adapt to the constantly changing levels of grip.
THE STORY OF THE RACE

Wales Rally GB is fairly unusual for a gravel event: for once, due to the saturated state of the ground, it is invariably preferable to start high up the running order before the roads turn into a mudbath. Running tenth and eleventh on the road respectively throughout Friday, i.e. the last of the WRCs, Mads Østberg and Craig Breen were therefore by no means at an advantage. However, armed with confidence from the traction and handling of his C3 WRC, Breen managed nonetheless to pull off the impressive feat of staying in touch with the leaders, ending the day within 13s of the fourth-placed driver. Østberg, who struggled slightly more with the conditions, finished day one eighth overall. Craig Breen confirmed his very good form on Saturday by closing to within two seconds of the podium by the end of the leg, after having set a couple of second fastest times in the afternoon (SS15 and SS18). Mads Østberg completed a strong team performance as he also fought back strongly to end the day in fifth place, claiming a stage win and setting an impressive series of three consecutive second fastest times (SS12, SS13 and SS14) in the process. The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT drivers were clearly determined to get – and stay – among the frontrunners right to the end! They therefore went on the attack early on Sunday morning, with the roads still incredibly slippery. Unfortunately, a minor mistake meant Breen dropped out of contention for a podium finish, but he held on to secure a strong fourth place. Mads Østberg, who also had a spin in his C3 WRC, had to settle for eighth overall.
TWO QUESTIONS FOR PIERRE BUDAR, CITROËN RACING TEAM PRINCIPAL

What is your analysis of this year’s Wales Rally GB?
Above all, I’d like to highlight the performance of our team, who once again did a fantastic job, and our car. Not only was it perfectly reliable, especially on Saturday’s leg where the crews had to complete more than 150 kilometres of timed stages with no midday service, but it was also very competitive on these roads, which are always really difficult to read. On day two, for example, out of a total of nine stages, at least one of our C3 WRCs – if not both – finished in the top three on six occasions, winning one of the tests. Whilst our rivals fight it out for the titles at the end of this season, that shows that we are right in the mix, regardless of the racing conditions. The fact is the level of grip was pretty low on Saturday morning, before the roads dried out more in the afternoon, so it’s really pleasing we were so competitive.

You were very close to the podium this weekend…
Yes, having closed to just 1.7s of third placed on Saturday, we had to roll the dice and go for it on the final day and that is precisely what Craig did. The truth is that when you are pushing and committed at that level, it’s easy to make a minor mistake, especially on such a slippery road surface. In any case, I’m pleased that our crews showed a lot of fighting spirit throughout the weekend, never giving up despite having a road position on day one that could easily have ruined their chances of a good result. We’ll now focus on Spain, driven by this fighting spirit. We’ll work harder again to do even better there.
HIGHLIGHTS

Having witnessed Craig Breen’s performance at first hand this weekend, Thomas Breton, his race engineer, analysed the way in which the Irishman managed to stay in touch with the leaders on Friday (sixth, 48.8s off the pace), despite a less than ideal road position (11th), before going on the attack on Saturday…
“Craig was very motived and relaxed at the start of the rally, focused purely on driving. Pretty quickly, he found that he was relatively close to the pace, without forcing it. He therefore realised that if he picked up his speed a little bit, he could really do something here. It’s a rally that he knows better than some of the others and to be honest, he’s just pretty good when the conditions are consistent like they were here, even if they’re very tricky! He never lost faith either, even when he set a time that wasn’t quite so good, because he tended to know why. Having said that, he has been stronger mentally for the last few rounds, but unfortunately that hasn’t been reflected in his results, because there’s always been something that has derailed his weekend. I think it’ll have done him the world of good to have been involved in a rally where he was fighting at the front. Since Rally Sweden, his hopes of achieving a strong points finish have often been dashed by minor incidents and disappointments on the Friday leg. This time, he can head for Spain in a more confident and relaxed mood!”
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