The new Range Rover Evoque has been named Stuff Magazine’s 2011 Car of the Year in the annual technology award ceremony held at London’s Globe Theatre last night.
The Evoque, which went on sale in the UK in September, has already tallied up 23 international awards. The new Range Rover fought off stiff competition from the Ferrari FF, Ford Focus, Renault Twizy, Nissan Leaf and Mini Coupe in the Stuff Car of the Year category. The editorial team considered the six entrants based on a combination of technology, design and style, on which the Evoque excelled on all fronts.
Scoring top honours, the Range Rover Evoque was chosen as the outright winner in the car of the year category due to its class leading technology, exhibiting novel features such as Terrain ResponseTM providing all weather, all surface capability and Adaptive DynamicsTM with MagnarideTM giving an ever compliant ride.
The judges consisting of the Stuff Magazine editorial team, with consultation from industry experts at Autocar, also praised Land Rover’s cutting edge Dual ScreenTM technology permitting the driver and passenger to see two different images on the same screen at the same time. The Evoque was also commended for its 825W Meridian audio system which is the first example of the collaboration between the two British marques.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Stuff Magazine Editor, Will Findlater, said: “For combining the off-road capabilities of a Range Rover and leading technology with the desirability of a Blade Runner space car, the Range Rover Evoque just had to win it for us.”
Land Rover Design Studio Director, David Saddington collected the award and said: “The Stuff Gadget Award means a lot to us at Land Rover and it is fantastic to win Stuff Magazine’s inaugural Car of the Year Award.
I am really happy to pick it up on behalf of the entire Land Rover team who put so much hard work into the design and engineering – it is great to be recognised for leading edge and innovative technology wrapped in such a fantastic design.”