Jaguar Land Rover achieved a remarkable triple success at the 2013 Scottish Car of the Year Awards, with honors going to the new Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-TYPE sports car.
The Jaguar F-TYPE beat stiff competition to win the Sporting category award, impressing the judges – some of Scotland’s most important motoring journalists – with its elegant design, formidable performance and impressive customer appeal.
Alisdair Suttie, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said, “We have waited a very long time for the Jaguar F-TYPE, more than four decades in fact, but this year’s Sporting winner does it with panache. It also does it with elegance, superb performance and complete desirability.”
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, accepted the award at a ceremony in Glasgow and commented, “This award is a wonderful recognition of the efforts invested in creating the new F-TYPE. It is a sports car that reaffirms the brand’s sporting heritage in both its performance and design.”
Range Rover received the Best Luxury Car Award, an acknowledgement of how Land Rover has continued to develop the quality, comfort and refinement of the fourth generation vehicle.
Alisdair Suttie said, “Luxury comes in many forms, but the Range Rover brings together such a broad range of talents, it stands head and shoulders above the competition. It also brings innovative design, supreme comfort and world-beating style.”
The all-new Range Rover Sport was also named Scottish SUV of the Year. Sharing the same lightweight construction principles with its larger sibling, and built on the same highly efficient production line at Land Rover‘s Solihull plant, the new Range Rover Sport has made significant advances in handling, performance and customer appeal.
“A good SUV has to be many things: good looking, roomy, comfortable and ideally great both on road and off,” said Alisdair Suttie. “Thanks to an all-aluminium lightweight body that has helped it lose 400kg, the latest Range Rover Sport is all those things, as well as being much faster and surprisingly economical. Factor in the availability of a seven-seat option and we think this is the best SUV available on the roads of Scotland today.”
Say what you will about Jay Leno as a late night television host, but nobody has ever denied his affinity and affection for great cars. This week Jay takes a look at the Jaguar F-Type on his web series “Jay Leno’s Garage.”
Coming in at just over 23 minutes long, this is not quick web consumption, but it’s worth it merely for the car porn that is the F-Type and Project 7 concept car that Leno takes a look at. You may remember the Project 7 as the chopped, single seat F-Type concept car Jag debuted at Pebble Beach. And if somehow you forgot about the car, the sound of its menacing growl in the below video will surely keep the car in your mind for days to come.
Jay seems to have his fair share of fun behind the wheel of the production F-Type as well. With 495 horsepower to play with it’d be hard not to have a good time, though. Between being amazed by its eight-speed automatic transmission, and ability to raise and lower its top at speeds of up to 30 mph, Leno gives the impression that he’s impressed with the car as both a sporting machine and technological tour de force; however, you’ll have to watch the video to get a sense of his true thoughts on how far the brand has come since his days as a young car enthusiast.