The Jaguar F-Type was selected among 43 different cars considered for the award. This selection was reduced to a shortlist by an advisory panel of design experts before final consideration by the 66 World Car of the Year jury members.
The advisory panel included:
- Masatsugu Arimoto (Japan – Freelance design journalist)
- Silvia Baruffaldi (Italy – Auto & Design magazine)
- Gernot Bracht (Germany – Pforzheim Design School)
- Sam Livingstone (U.K. – Car Design Research and Royal College of Art)
- Tom Matano (USA – School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco)
On the F-Type, the advisory panel said: “The long wheelbase, short overhangs and flared fenders give this car a good stance. The contour in plan view tapered toward the door emphasizes the muscular rear fender that houses the driven wheels.
“The F-Type exterior maintains Jaguar’s own elegance in its horizontal proportion and rounded surfaces, yet it looks very dynamic. But I would like to say the interior design is even more attractive. It is clearly driver-oriented, and a grip bar for the passenger is nicely integrated into the big centre console. The seat design is superb, too.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, said: “No design project has given me greater pleasure than the creation of the F-Type. It’s a project I’ve looked forward to from the moment I joined Jaguar, and it’s one that’s given my team and I great satisfaction. The F-Type is a sports car that is true to Jaguar’s design values – beauty of line and purity of form – and I’m honoured that the World Car of the Year jury has recognised our work with this award.”
The award was collected by Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar, at the New York International Auto Show. Commenting from the show, he said: “The F-Type is the first full-blooded Jaguar sports car to be launched for more than 50 years. Its architecture and technology are world class, wrapped in an evocative and progressive design that could only be a Jaguar – ‘Callum unfiltered’, as we call it in-house.”
“It is as dynamic yet refined as any Jaguar sports car should be, and is a unique proposition from a performance and price perspective. This combination of factors has clearly inspired this year’s jurors, and we are delighted and honoured to collect this award.”