Jaguar won its first ever European Car of the Year (EC0TY) title this year with its I-PACE. However, it was also the first time since the event started in 1964 that the jury’s voting produced a tie. The Jaguar all-electric model scored 250 points, the same number as the Renault Alpine.
Long ago, the organisers had prepared for such a situation and the rules required that the votes be recounted and studied to determine which of the jurors – totalling 60 – had given their vote to one car ahead of the other. This saw the Jaguar having more first places than the Alpine (18 versus 16).
Only one winner
The 2019 ECOTY title thus went to the I-PACE and that’s all that matters since the ECOTY only has one winner each year; unlike many other similar events, there are no categories or special awards for the seven other finalists (out of 38 original candidates).
But for those who want to know how the other finalists fared, here are the points each scored: Kia Ceed – 247 points; Ford Focus – 235 points; Citroen C5 Aircross – 210 points; Peugeot 508 – 192 points; and Mercedes-Benz A-Class – 116 points.
“For our first electric vehicle to also be the first Jaguar to win European Car of the Year gives us a huge sense of pride. I-PACE was designed and engineered in the UK from a clean sheet of paper. It is the most technologically advanced battery electric vehicle. It’s a true game-changer. Winning European Car of the Year is an honour and real recognition of what our world-class team has delivered,” said Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover.