The new Jaguar XJ has received the Award for Best Executive Car in the 2003 Fleet World Honours.
"The Cat’s Whiskers" is how Fleet World described the new Jaguar XJ – and buyers will certainly feel as if they have got the cream when they step inside it! Bristling with an impressive array of driver-friendly technologies that make life behind the wheel more enjoyable, relaxing and safer, the all-new XJ has generated a great deal of interest thanks to its sophisticated styling and advanced all-aluminium construction. The lightweight architecture contributes to the XJ's excellent performance, economy, ride and comfort.
Accepting the award, Jaguar's Corporate Operations Manager James Drake-Lee commented: "We are delighted to receive this recognition. The blend of the hi-tech aluminium body construction, which delivers exceptional fuel economy and low CO2 output, combined with traditional Jaguar elegance, craftsmanship and excellent value for money is proving attractive to corporate buyers."
Fleet World editor Ross Durkin said: "Just because you’ve reached the boardroom doesn’t mean that your interest in cars comes to a sudden halt… the new Jaguar XJ is a car for those who still love their motor. Its looks are positively seductive, the ride and handling are quite exceptional and, once inside, you’ll always be reminded that you’ve made it in life."
Former IBM Fleet Manager George Emmerson, a member of the judging panel, added: "When it comes to choosing cars for those at the top of British industry, the Jaguar name still carries a high level of gravitas. This is style in the old sense of the word – the sort of car that you would have loved to clean when you were a boy."
The award was presented at the RAC Club, Pall Mall, London, on Wednesday 14 May.Published 16 May 2003