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Jaguar I-Pace named Auto Express Car of the Year

All-electric Jag wins as Brits dominate Auto Express awards

British brands and British-built cars lead the way with wins for Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin, MINI, Vauxhall, Nissan and Honda

First ever Car of the Year Award for an electric car

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer named most influential person in the industry over the past 30 years

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The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace has been named Car of the Year at the prestigious Auto Express New Car Awards at a ceremony in Central London. The I-Pace was voted the best new car on the market, with judges commending its innovative all-electric powertrain, style, driver appeal, comfort and quality. The model was also named the Best Premium Electric Car for 2018.

The Auto Express New Car Awards celebrate the best cars on sale, from city cars to performance models. Voted for by the expert reviewers at Auto Express, every single model on sale is analysed according to specific criteria, with only the very best cars making the winners’ list.

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: "The I-Pace proves that brilliant electric cars are right here, right now – it’s the most exciting new car we’ve tested over the past twelve months. We love the way it looks, the space and quality of the interior and most of all that it drives exactly how a modern-day Jaguar should – it’s fantastic fun. On top of all that, it’ll cover city-to-city distances on a single charge in complete comfort – it’s a massively impressive car that bodes well for our electric future."

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In what was a great night for British brands and British-built cars, other winners included the new Aston Martin Vantage, which won the reader-voted Design Award, the Land Rover Discovery, the Sunderland-built Nissan Leaf, the MINI Convertible, the Vauxhall Insignia and the Swindon-built Honda Civic Type R.

Auto Express also presented Anniversary Awards, celebrating the title’s 30th birthday. Andy Palmer, currently Aston Martin President and CEO, was named the Most Influential Person of the Past 30 years, while the Nissan Qashqai was named Car of the Past 30 Years and Kia named Car Company of the Past 30 Years.

For the full story on all the winners and commended runners-­up, see the Auto Express Awards Special Issue, on sale today, or go to www.autoexpress.co.uk/awards.

CategoryWinner
City Car of the YearVolkswagen up!
Supermini of the YearFord Fiesta
Convertible of the YearMINI Convertible
Compact Family Car of the YearVolkswagen Golf
Family Car of the YearVauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
Compact Executive Car of the YearMercedes-Benz C-Class
Executive Car of the YearBMW 5 Series
Estate Car of the YearSkoda Octavia Estate
Small SUV of the YearCitroen C3 Aircross
Mid-size SUV of the YearSkoda Karoq
Large SUV of the YearSkoda Kodiaq
Small Premium SUV of the YearVolvo XC40
Mid-size Premium SUV of the YearBMW X3
Large Premium SUV of the YearLand Rover Discovery
MPV of the YearCitroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer
Roadster of the YearMazda MX-5 RF
Coupe of the YearLexus RC
Hot Hatch of the YearHonda Civic Type R
Performance Car of the YearPorsche 911 GT3
Luxury Car of the YearMercedes-Benz S-Class

Affordable Electric Car of the Year, in association with Chargemaster

Hyundai Kona Electric

Premium Electric Car of the Year, in association with Chargemaster

Jaguar I-Pace
Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in
Premium Hybrid Car of the YearVolvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine
Pick-up of the Year Mitsubishi L200
Van of the YearMercedes-Benz Sprinter
Technology AwardNissan Leaf
Social Media Campaign of the Year

Jeep 'Set your own course'

Integrated Advertising Campaign of the Year

Volkswagen T-Roc 'Born Confident'

Driver Power Award, in association with Warranty Wise

Lexus
Car Design AwardAston Martin Vantage
Hall of FameDuncan Aldred
Car of the YearJaguar I-Pace
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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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