Jaguar collected its second award of the week today (22 January), winning the Luxury Car category with the Jaguar XJ6 at the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year Awards.
Rob Aherne, editor of What Car? magazine, commented: "The new Jaguar XJ6 is our pick of the luxury car class. Visually, it's unmistakably a Jaguar, with an interior that is a brilliant contemporary take on a classic design. Under the skin however, it's all change with an ultra-modern aluminium structure that brings a host of benefits including excellent performance, fuel economy and emissions from the 3.0-litre V6 engine."
Aherne continued: "The new XJ is also bigger in every direction than the previous generation, so there is plenty of room to stretch out in the front and in the rear. The increase in size though, hasn't diluted the traditional Jaguar dynamic ability – the XJ6 is surprisingly nimble and boasts excellent body control."
A delighted Phil Popham, Jaguar's UK Managing Director, said: "We are delighted with the reaction the new XJ has received from the media and our customers since its launch in the middle of last year. In the UK the new XJ is already dominating the premium luxury saloon segment with 2003 sales up 92 per cent compared with 2002."
Earlier this week, the Jaguar X-TYPE collected its first award of 2004, winning a Gold prize at the Fleet Excellence Awards. The X-TYPE took top honours in the New Diesel Car of the Year category, voted for by the readers of Fleet Week and Fleet Management magazines. The all-new Jaguar XJ also received a Highly Commended award in the Luxury Car category.
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