This is the 2019 World Car of the Year…

This is the 2019 World Car of the Year…

The I-Pace went through multiple rounds of voting and emerged the victor in a field of over 35 vehicles.

The Jaguar I-Pace starts at $70,545. Looks like the rest of the journalists agreed with me.

In addition to the overall vehicle champion this year, the slick Audi A7 won the World Luxury auto of the year while the incredibly quick (while still a bit nerdy) McLaren 720S won the World Performance auto.

The Jaguar I-Pace has an EPA-estimated range of 234 miles. "I always wanted to design a cab-forward family vehicle ... and electrification has enabled that to happen". As we slowly transition from fossil fuels, expect more electrified vehicles to take the top spot for automotive awards.

It went up against the Audi e-tron and Hyundai NEXO in the green vehicle category and took on the Volvo XC40 and Suzuki Jimmy in the design category. Its combination of sports auto performance, zero emissions, exceptional refinement and true SUV practicality make I-PACE the stand-out choice in its segment. "We believe the 720S is a revolutionary step forward for both McLaren, as well as the supercar segment, and to have it recognized in this way by an organization made up of the most esteemed media across the globe is a great honor". The Audi A7, meanwhile, triumphed over the Audi Q8 and BMW 8 Series in the World Luxury Car category. The small SUV faced Hyundai and Kia in the big final, and their AH2/Santro and Soul.

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The box-shaped Suzuki 4WD won the award despite only scoring a three-star safety rating due to poor crash test performance and a glitch with the autonomous emergency braking system during testing of the vehicle by a number of WCOTY judges during initial test drives.

Suzuki Jimny chief engineer Hiroyuki Yonezawa said the award was for "all of the Suzuki and Jimny fans".

"Designing Jaguar cars is probably the best job in the world, and I can honestly say that no other project I've worked on has been as rewarding as I-Pace".

Despite its flaws the Suzuki Jimny is sold out in Australia for 12 months and some dealers have stopped taking orders.

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