The recently released Range Rover Evoque has claimed overall award at the annual Scottish Car of the Year awards.
The Evoque – one of the most anticipated cars in recent years - also won the prize for best SUV/Crossover vehicle, beating the BMW X3 which was forced into second place in the category.
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Each winner was decided by a judging panel comprised of members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers. President of the group, John Murdoch, commented on the Evoque, saying:
‘One car stood out from all the others with its stylish good looks, sound packaging, fine driving dynamics and desirability and the Range Rover Evoque is a worthy winner of the Scottish Car of the Year title’.
The Range Rover Evoque, which is assembled at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Halewood, has enjoyed a positive reception since first deliveries were made in September this year.
The compact SUV is already set to be a commercial hit with 18,000 advanced customer orders under its belt already.
The latest accolade is not the first the Evoque has won this year either having scooped a Car of the Year award from Auto Express even before it had gone on sale.
The Range Rover Evoque, available as a five-door or three-door model, is currently available from £27,995 in the ‘Pure’ specification.
12 other accolades were given out in total during the awards ceremony held in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Ford Focus, currently the second best selling car in the UK this year, won the Family Car prize ahead of the Peugeot 508 which was runner-up. The 508, available as a saloon and sport wagon, tasted defeat again in the Estate Car category where it lost out to the Hyundai i40 Tourer.
The Small Car category saw a surprise winner in the Kia Picanto, which fended off many popular superminis including the Audi A1, which was runner up. The Kia also beat the Ford Fiesta despite it being the best selling car in the UK for 2011 to date.
Other winners at this year’s Scottish Car of the Year awards included the Audi A7 which won the Executive Car category, while the MPV segment was clinched by the Seat Alhambra.
The Volkswagen Golf won the Convertible award, while the Peugeot iOn was named best Electric Car. The award for best Eco Car was taken by the Seat Ibiza Ecomotive diesel hatchback.
Jaguar meanwhile won the three other categories in the Scottish Car of the Year awards.
The Jaguar XF 2.2d saloon took the Diesel Car accolade, while the 186mph Jaguar XKR-S was the winner of the Sports Car category.
To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, a unique award was also given to recognise the best of British in the Most Iconic Car accolade. This honour was given to the famous Jaguar E-Type.