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2012-01-11 08:05

TRUCK OF YEAR: The Range Rover Evoque, though patently an SUV, has been named 'North American Truck of the Year'.

The Range Rover Evoque has been named 2012 North American Truck of the Year. The announcement, made at the 2012 Detroit auto show, meant the Evoque beat BMW's X3 and Honda's CR-V.

The judging panel of senior US automotive journalists chose the Evoque after reviewing it against competitors in six key categories: price, innovation, handling, performance, safety and driver satisfaction.

'POSITIVE RESPONSE'

Andy Goss, president of Jaguar Land Rover North America, said: "We are honored that the all-new Range Rover Evoque has been named the 2012 North American Truck of the Year, one of the most celebrated automotive awards in our industry.

"This recognition is in keeping with the overwhelmingly positive global response from people selecting the vehicle for its ideal combination of luxury and capability."

The Evoque was reviewed by 50 automotive journalists in the US and Canada from a final selection of 10 cars and 10 trucks. Based on a points system, the jurors rate the vehicles and send their ballots to Deloitte & Touche’s office in Detroit where the selection process is narrowed down to the three cars and three trucks.

Once the three finalists are announced, the jurors vote again.

EUROCOTY FINALIST

The Evoque has also been namd Motor Trend’s 2012 Sport/Utility of the Year, Autoweek's "Best of Best" Truck, Road & Travel's International Truck of the Year, Decisive Magazine’s Urban Truck of the Year, Automobile Magazine’s 2012 All-Star Award and Best Luxury Compact Vehicle from Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) and Bloomberg News’ Crossover Car of the Year.

In the UK, the Range Rover Evoque has been named Car of the Year by several titles including Auto Express, Top Gear and The Sun. Additionally, the UK's leading consumer publication, Which?, chose the Evoque as one of the best new vehicles of 2011.

The European Car of the Year jury has named the Evoque as one of seven shortlisted cars. The winner will be announced at the 2012 Geneva auto show in March.
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