- Jon Reay
Evoque scoops design award at World Car of the Year
Land Rover's new Range Rover Evoque has received World Car of the Year's 2012 'Design' award, created to honour vehicle innovation in aesthetics and style.
The Evoque - already crowned Car of the Year by publications including Top Gear Magazine, Auto Express, MSN Cars and even gadget magazine 'Stuff' - has been given another trophy for the mantelpiece, this time recognising its design.
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A panel consisting of five judges from various design and automotive backgrounds selected the baby Range Rover as their winner, going all out on design-textbook adjectives like 'fresh', 'contemporary' and 'emotional' to describe its appearance.
"A totally fresh take on SUV-crossover that also delivers unquestionably on being from the long linage of Range Rover", lauded Sam Livingstone, Senior Tutor in Vehicle Design at London's Royal College of art.
"True to the concept car it derives from, it is a contemporary automotive design masterpiece", echoed Auto & Design Magazine's Silvia Baruffaldi.
The Evoque is the seventh car to receive the accolade, following a catwalk made up of the Citroen C4, Audi R8 and Aston Martin Rapide to name a few, and managed to beat Volkswagen's up!, Citroen's DS5 and Hyundai's Veloster to the top of the podium.
Gerry McGovern, lead designer of the Evoque (along with the MG-F), was appropriately pleased with the award.
"We are honoured that the Range Rover Evoque has been named 2012 World Car Design of the Year. This prestigious accolade recognizes the overwhelmingly positive response we've received to the Evoque's bold, dramatic design. It is a car that truly resonates on an emotional level".