Jaguar secured a hat trick of gongs at this year’s Scottish Car of the Year awards.
The premium car maker’s E-Pace compact SUV was named ‘best premium SUV’, while the I-Pace electric SUV won the title of ‘best alternative fuel car’ before going on to clinch the overall prize of ‘car of the year’.
The ceremony, held at the Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club on November 2nd, marked the fourth time Jaguar has taken home the top award.
It also capped an incredible week for the Jaguar I-Pace after it was named as the first-ever German Car of the Year.
In other categories, the Volvo V60 won ‘estate car of the year’, the Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer was named ‘best 4×4’, while the Suzuki Swift Sport topped the ‘best hot hatch’ group.
The Insignia Country Tourer is essentially a rougher, tougher version of the popular company cruiser, brandishing all-round black protective cladding with silver front and rear skid plates, with all-wheel-drive and an extra 20mm of ground clearance, compared to the standard model.
John Murdoch, president of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, which organise the annual awards, said the Insignia Country Tourer offers a great blend of comfort, safety, space and style at a very reasonable price.
“Last year’s Beast from the East resulted in Scotland having its worst winter for many years and the wise owners of four-wheel-drive vehicles were able to get around while others struggled,” he commented.
“Some great new offerings in this sector were launched during the past year, but Vauxhall’s Insignia Country Tourer made it to the top of our shopping list.”
Douglas McColm, Vauxhall’s Insignia product manager, added that the Country Tourer has been a massive success in Scotland.
“We are thankful for the recognition with this award win,” he said. “Scottish drivers depend upon our car for its certainty and reliability in the worst weather conditions.”
Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, comments: “Scottish motorists often demand more from their cars compared to drives elsewhere in the UK, and this list provides a solid basis for which cars are the most suitable.”
2018 Scottish Car of the Year – full winners list:
Small: Hyundai Kona
Family: Ford Focus
Family Crossover: Peugeot 5008
Executive: Kia Stinger
Premium Crossover: Jaguar E-Pace
Four-Wheel-Drive: Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
Estate: Volvo V60
Sports: BMW M5
Alternative Fuel: Jaguar I-Pace
Hot Hatch: Suzuki Swift Sport
Pick-Up: Ford Ranger
Used Car: Kia Sportage
Innovation and Technology: Mazda Spark Controlled Compression Ignition system
Posted on 7th November 2018
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