Electric Jaguar wins

for England

Jaguar I-PACE, 2018, front, action
Aston Martin Vantage, 2018, front
Land Rover Discovery, 2018, front
Nissan Leaf, front
MINI Convertible 25th Anniversary Edition, 2018, front
Vauxhall Insignia GSi Sports Tourer, 2017, front
Honda Civic Type R, front action
Vauxhall Insignia GSi Grand Sport, 2017, front

IT was a great night for England and, no, we're not talking about that penalty shoot-out in Moscow.

Car makers from Sunderland to Swindon are over the moon after Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin, MINI, Vauxhall, Nissan and Honda scored heavily at Britain's most prestigious car awards.

And it was the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace which came out top of the league to be named Car of the Year at the Auto Express New Car Awards.

The I-Pace was voted the best new car on the market - the first time the award has gone to a pure electric car - with judges commending its innovative all-electric powertrain, style, driver appeal, comfort and quality. The model was also named the Best Premium Electric Car for 2018.

The awards celebrate the best cars on sale, from city cars to performance models. Voted for by reviewers at Auto Express, every single model on sale is analysed according to specific criteria, with only the very best cars making the winners' list.

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: "The I-Pace proves that brilliant electric cars are right here, right now - it's the most exciting new car we've tested over the past twelve months.

"We love the way it looks, the space and quality of the interior and most of all that it drives exactly how a modern-day Jaguar should - it's fantastic fun. On top of all that, it'll cover city-to-city distances on a single charge in complete comfort - it's a massively impressive car that bodes well for our electric future."

It might be churlish to mention the fact that all the major British manufacturers are owned by overseas companies, including the French, Germans and Japanese, but Auto Express hailed it as a great night for British brands and British-built cars.

Other Brit-built winners included the new Aston Martin Vantage, which won the reader-voted Design Award, the Land Rover Discovery (Large Premium SUV of the Year), the Sunderland-built Nissan Leaf (Technology Award), the MINI Convertible (Convertible of the Year), the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (Family Car of the Year) and the Swindon-built Honda Civic Type R which was named Hot Hatch of the Year.

Awards also went to the Volkswagen up!, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Golf, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 5 Series, Skoda Octavia Estate, Citroën C3 Aircross, Skoda Karoq, Skoda Kodiaq, Volvo XC40, BMW X3, Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer, Mazda MX-5 RF, Lexus LC, Porsche 911 GT3, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in and the Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine.

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