BBC TopGear Magazine has named the new Range Rover Evoque, which was officially launched in Malaysia recently, as their Car of the Year 2011. The Evoque came top in the SUV category of the annual awards and was also picked by TopGear TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson as his favourite new car this year.
The Evoque beat stiff competition from the BMW 1 Series M, Mclaren MP4 12c, Ferrari FF, VW Up! and Kia Picanto to scoop the coveted Car of the Year title. The awards are officially announced in the December 2011 issue of BBC TopGear Magazine, which is on sale in the UK now. With 29 international editions, BBC TopGear is read by an estimated 12 million people worldwide.
To celebrate the award, TopGear took a Range Rover Evoque on an African adventure through the souks, deserts and mountain passes of Morocco to fully experience the superb all-round capability and outstanding performance offered by this year’s winning car. The full story is featured alongside the Car of the Year Awards in all 29 international editions of the magazine, including the Malaysian edition.
The judging panel, headed up by BBC TopGear Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Charlie Turner, comprised members of the magazine’s editorial and road testing team, together with the three TopGear TV presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
Commenting on the awards, Turner said: “Judging the TopGear Magazine cars of the year takes a lot of time, coffee and shouting. But, strangely, when it came to the choosing the overall winner, the yelling softened to agreement. Universal approval from the most opinionated minds in the industry is almost unheard of. Which gives you some idea of just how good the Range Rover Evoque, TopGear’s 2011 Car of the Year, really is.”
As well as triumphing in the SUV and overall Car of the Year categories, the Evoque was also chosen by presenter Jeremy Clarkson as his personal choice for Car of the Year. Summing up his decision, he says:”There have been many great cars launched over the last 12 months….but these are just one-trick ponies. The Evoque is more than that. It’s a pony that is also a racehorse, a shire horse, a dray horse, a show jumper and an easy rosette-winner in the dressage competition. It’s brilliant. And it’s the Top Gear Car of the Year.”
The Top Gear Award represents the 34th international award for the Range Rover Evoque since its launch earlier this year.
Land Rover Malaysia Sdn Bhd Managing Director, Mohd Hazem Abd Rahman said, “The TopGear Magazine Award is certainly one of the most coveted titles in the industry and we are extremely pleased and excited that Evoque has been crowned overall Car of the Year 2011.”
The Range Rover Evoque has generated an unprecedented response in all global markets, including in Malaysia, and has been particularly successful in attracting new customers to the Land Rover brand.
“The TopGear Car of the Year award is further recognition that the Evoque offers a unique combination of distinctive premium design and outstanding performance underpinned by Land Rover’s legendary all terrain capability. Discerning Malaysian motorists clearly agree as we have received more than 400 orders to date for the Evoque, a remarkable achievement that augurs well for the future of the brand.”
Land Rover Malaysia will be moving its flagship branch in Section 13 Petaling Jaya to bigger, more prominent along the Federal Highway in January 2012 to cater to the surge in number of customers.
The Range Rover Evoque was officially launched in Malaysia in November 2011 and is available in three variants with the following on-the-road prices (excluding insurance):
· 2.0L Petrol Coupe Dynamic Plus – RM393,888 (Peninsular Malaysia), RM397,388 (Sabah and Sarawak)
· 2.0L Petrol 5-Door Prestige – RM363,888 (Peninsular Malaysia), RM367,388 (Sabah and Sarawak)
· 2.2L Diesel 5-Door Prestige – RM353,888 (Peninsular Malaysia), RM357,388 (Sabah and Sarawak).
The 2.0L Petrol Coupe specified with the sporty Dynamic Plus design theme and the 2.0L Petrol 5-Door in luxurious Prestige theme are powered by a state-of-the-art new 240PS Si4 petrol engine that combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing for exceptional driveability and fuel efficiency. The 2.2L Diesel 5-Door featuring the luxurious Prestige is powered by the proven 190Ps SD4 turbodiesel engine currently found in the Land Rover Freelander 2.
For more information on the Range Rover Evoque, please contact 1-300-1300-16 or visit www.landrovermalaysia.com.
words & pix: Land Rover Malaysia