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The award is bestowed upon the car with the most unique styling design of the year, and there were 46 original competitors in this years contest. Those 46 were boiled down to three finalists, the Range Rover Evoque, the Volkswagen Up! and the Citroen DS5.
Design experts were brought in to give their recommendations to the jury of journalists who would choose the winners. One of the design experts, Sam Livingstone, said the Evoque is, ”a totally fresh take on SUV–crossover that also delivers unquestionably on being from the long lineage of Range Rover.”
The Evoque is styled like nothing else before it, and gets a nice mix of classic land rover as well as new age crossover styling.
Whittled down from all the cars in the world, a group of 66 automotive journalists from across the globe have released their top 10 picks for the 2012 World Car of the Year and World Performance Car.
That list, which will be further narrowed this month, is initially selected by secret ballot and then submitted for re-evaluation by the panel.
Members then have a chance to rate each car based on overall merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal, and significance. The top three are then scheduled to be announced March 6 at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show during a press conference.
The 2011 World Car of the Year was the Nissan Leaf, while the World Performance Car was the Ferrari 458 Italia. What we’re most curious about this year is the fact that the Porsche 911 made it into both categories.
The 2012 World Performance Car finalists are:
- Audi RS 3 Sportback
- BMW 1 Series M Coupé
- BMW M5
- Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- Ferrari FF
- Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
- McLaren MP4-12C
- Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG
- Mercedes-Benz C-63 Coupe AMG Black Series
- Porsche 911
The 2012 World Car of the Year finalists are:
- Audi A6 Sedan / Avant
- Audi Q3
- BMW 1 Series
- BMW 3 Series
- Chevrolet Volt / Opel/Vauxhall Ampera
- Citroen DS5
- Ford Focus
- Land Rover Evoque
- Porsche 911
- Volkswagen Up!
Be sure to tune in for our coverage of the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, where we’ll be bringing you the latest. Also, let us know what you think of both lists in the comments section below.
A new range of performance models from Land Rover may be on the horizon, bringing a sub-brand to the British luxury SUV manufacturer. Land Rover execs are reportedly considering the possibility of developing the equivalent of the “R” sub-brand currently found in Jaguar, their sister company. Rumors are that a high-performance Evoque variant is being developed to join a fleet including the supercharged Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.
The high-performance Evoque could have upwards of 300-hp though Global Brand Director John Edwards would neither confirm or deny that such a model is currently under development. What he did confirm is that they are looking deeply into expanding the Evoque model line and that the market is China will play a big role in determining which route Land Rover will go. Either way, we can look forward to an extension to the Evoque model with either more luxurious amenities or more performance.
[Source: Inside Line]
After teasing the Evoque for years on the auto show circuit, Land Rover finally begins production in its plant in Halewood.
Because the 4th of July is just another weekday in the British Empire, Land Rover employees were busy setting up the production line at the factory near Liverpool. The very first example will go towards the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, and the next 18,000 examples have already been spoken for.
75% of Evoques will be exported, including to the United States. Aspiring rappers can get their lean on at a starting price of $43,995 this fall when deliveries begin.
Get more Evoque news and info at rrevoqueforum.com