It was a close fight with the second Alpine A100 having the same number of points as Jaguar.

Today, one day before the opening of International car show in Geneva 60-member jury, made from journalist from 23 European countries has once again – for the eighth year in a row – gathered in Panexpo hall to decide, which car is going to earn the title of Car of the Year 2019 in Europe. And it can safely be said, that competitors were truly on pair from one to another. But the winner is at the end clear and it is electric.

For the first time in the history of brand (and the competition) Jaguar has taken the title hom. But it was not easy at all, given the fact, that I-Pace ‘fought’ for the win, most of the time with Alpine A110, whereas in the end, results were showing a great chance, that Kia Ceed might in the end take the win. However, Britain journalist decided differently and have put ‘their’ domestic car on the number one spot, along with Alpine A110. In the end jury has counted, how many journalist has placed each car on the first place and I-Pace won with result 18:16.

“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. 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,” said dr. Ralph Speth, Jaguar CEO.

While being the first Jaguar to get this coveted prize, I-Pace is not the first electric car that have become Europe’s car of the year. In fact, Nissan’s Leaf has received it back in 2010. It is however the first electric crossover to receive it and that is also something worth mentioning.

March 4, 2019 Driving photo: Saša Kapetanovič

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