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Top Gear's Car of the Year

2011-12-01 08:40

LONDON, England - Britain's Top Gear magazine has named the new Range Rover Evoque its 2011 Car of the Year and also named it Jeremy Clarkson's favourite new car.

The Evoque beat stiff competition from the BMW 1 Series M, McLaren MP4 12c, Ferrari FF, VW Up! and Kia Picanto to earn the title.

Magazine editor Charlie Turner said: "Judging the TopGear Magazine cars of the year takes a lot of time, coffee and shouting but, strangely, when it came to  choosing the overall winner, the yelling softened to agreement.

'NOT A ONE-TRICK PONY'

"Universal approval from the most opinionated minds in the industry is almost unheard of. Which gives you some idea of just how good the Range Rover Evoque really is," he said.

Clarkson commented: "There have been many great cars over the last 12 months but they are just one-trick ponies. The Evoque is more than that - it's a racehorse, a shire horse, a dray horse, a show-jumper and an easy rosette-winner in the dressage competition. It's brilliant. And its the Top Gear Car of the Year."

The Top Gear award is the 34th international award won by the Evoque since its launch in 2011.

Land Rover's global brand director, John Edwards, said: "The Range Rover Evoque has generated an unprecedented response in all of our global markets and has been particularly successful in attracting new customers to the Land Rover brand.

"The TopGear Car of the Year award is further recognition that the Evoque has a unique combination of distinctive premium design and outstanding performance underpinned by Land Rover's legendary all-terrain capability. The car's success is a testament to the skill and commitment of the design and engineering teams in delivering a vehicle that meets the original product vision."

Comments
  • PumaFred - 2011-12-01 09:11

    Clarkson says.... This is the same man who recently wanted all striking underpaid nurses in the UK to be shot in front of their families. He is past his sell by date and presents a program with contrived and set up scenarios. His opinions are not worth to much.

      Werner - 2011-12-01 09:30

      Some of his utterings go a little too far, but I generally respect his views. I won't buy a car just because he said I should, but generally he has a well-balanced mindset. On the Evoque winning...what? How did it beat the 1M? I am not being biased here (I generally don't like beemers) but heck, it's a masterclass.

  • dane.bezuidenhout - 2011-12-01 09:36

    Lol you really shouldn't take his opinions too seriously. Still love aspects of Top Gear in spite of its contrived nature. And I think they get their commentary right more often than wrong. Having never driven either the 1M or Evoque, most people are not in a position to agree or disagree with their choice.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-12-01 10:15

    Nice car, just dont buy in the two tone colours looks cheesey!

      Jaco - 2011-12-01 20:56

      Ignoring the wheels...? This is bling of the first water, only matched by new Fortuner.....

  • Ashwin - 2011-12-01 11:33

    Jeremy Clarkson reviews = Barry Ronge reviews Much ado about nothing

  • Lehlohonolo - 2011-12-01 14:32

    How/What categories are chosen by Top Gear to reach this conclusion; torque, safety, handling, speed, etc OR shape, etc. Looks like somebody / designer was inspired by Mini Cooper and/or X6. From Petrus

  • James - 2011-12-01 15:25

    In the US Land Rovers are very unreliable. Dealers never see a customer return.Whatever Clarkson says take with a grain of salt.

      lumifi - 2011-12-01 19:38

      Land Rover come in last of 23 marques in arecent reliability survey made by the British site reliabilityindex.com.

  • lumifi - 2011-12-01 19:37

    The VW up!????????? That a real joke!!!!!

      Jaco - 2011-12-01 20:53

      Agree, Top Gear should have a great car be chosen evewry year. Up is not there. Other magazines should pick those. But 34 awards? for a "bling standard" super hero - mobile? Seriously, even someone like KIA should attract some attention at the moment....

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