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Jaguar I-Pace wins 2019 World Car of the Year award

The winners of the 2019 World Car Awards were announced at this year’s New York International Auto Show, with Jaguar coming out on top in three of the six categories covered.

The British carmaker’s first all-electric vehicle, the I-Pace, took home the coveted World Car of the Year award, adding to its list of accolades that also include the 2019 European Car of the Year and 2019 German Car of the Year.

The I-Pace faced close competition from another electric SUV in the form of the Audi e-tron, while the Volvo S60/V60 came in third. Other models vying for the award include the G20 BMW 3 Series, Ford Focus Mk4, Genesis G70, Hyundai Nexo, W177 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Suzuki Jimny and Volvo XC40.

That’s not the only award the I-Pace took home, as it was also named World Green Car of the Year ahead of the e-tron and Nexo. The EV also secured the World Car Design of the Year with a substantial score advantage over the Jimny and XC40.

Meanwhile, the Audi A7 Sportback was named World Luxury Car of the Year, with the judges choosing it over the Audi Q8 and BMW 8 Series. Based on the voting results, the A7 scored 763 points compared to the 8 Series’ 761 points and the Q8’s 760 points. The C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA and Volkswagen Touareg were also among the finalists in this category, both tied at 745 points.

In the World Performance Car of the Year category, the McLaren 720S edged out the likes of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M2 Competition and Hyundai Veloster N.

Although the Jimny didn’t win the main prize at the awards, everyone’s favourite adorable off-road mini SUV was named World Urban Car of the Year. The Jimny managed to fend off the Kia Soul, Hyundai Santro, Audi A1 and SEAT Arona to do so.

Beyond the awards for cars, the organisation also recognised Sergio Marchionne as its 2019 World Car Person of the Year. The Italian-Canadian executive passed away in 2018, and was CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), as well as chairman and CEO of Ferrari at the time of his passing.

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