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Stand-out Jag I-Pace is Car of the year 

I was full of praise for the Jaguar I-Pace when I reviewed it in the Tenerife News back in August.

In fact it was so good that I said the SUV would be getting my Car of the Year vote unless something really exceptional arrived before the voting.

Obviously fellow members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers were also impressed by Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle as it was crowned top car of 2018 at a recent gala dinner.

The I-Pace was named best in class in its Alternative Fuel category by ASMW members.

And it then fought off competition from the other categories winners to lift the top award at Edinburgh’s Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club.

ASMW president John Murdoch presented the Car of the Year trophy to Rowdan Glover, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover UK, and hailed the winning model.

He said: The standard and variety of new models launched this year made judging difficult in all categories.

“However, the moment ASMW members got behind the wheel of the I-Pace for the first time they were in no doubt that it was a special vehicle.

“The most exciting Jaguar since the E-Type, the electric I-Pace fully deserves its Scottish Car of the Year crown.

“It looks great, drives superbly and offers all the refinement and luxury you would expect from a Jaguar.

“At the same time it is a great leap forward for the company and for electric cars in general. If this is the future bring it on!”

Jaguar had another success at the awards with its E-Pace being voted Best Premium Crossover.

The SCOTY awards also produced double results for Ford and Kia.

Ford’s new Focus took the Family Car title – 21 years after it lifted the overall title back in 1998.

The company’s Ranger also took the Pick-Up title.

The Kia Stinger took the Executive Car title while the talented Sportage which won the overall SCOTY award back in 2010 was voted Best Used Car on a good night for the Korean company.

Hyundai’s Kona defeated stiff competition to take the Small Car title while the Peugeot 5008 took the Family Crossover Award.

Vauxhall’s Insignia Country Tourer came out tops in the Four-Wheel-Drive category.

The Estate Car title was awarded to the Volvo V60 while Suzuki’s entertaining Swift Sport took the Hot Hatch title.

The Sports Car title was won by the blistering BMW M5.

Finally, Mazda took the Innovation and Technology award for their continued development of the internal combustion engine resulting in a new Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) system which delivers more power, better economy and a cleaner burn for lower emissions.

Previous car of the year winners are:

1998 Ford Focus; 1999 Jaguar S-Type; 2000 Audi A2; 2001 Jaguar X-Type; 2002 Mazda6; 2003 Volvo XC90; 2004 Peugeot 407; 2005 BMW 3 Series; 2006 Jaguar XK; 2007 Ford Mondeo; 2008 Ford Fiesta; 2009 Land Rover Discovery 4; 2010 Kia Sportage; 2011 Range Rover Evoque; 2012 Dacia Duster; 2013 Volkswagen Golf; 2014 Hyundai i10; 2015 Vauxhall Astra; 2016 Volvo V90; 2017 Land Rover Discovery; 2018 Jaguar I-Pace.

It’s hard to imagine that this was the 21st anniversary of the ASMW’s Scottish Car of the Year awards.

I was president of the association when it kicked-off – handing over the first two awards to Ford Focus and Jaguar S-Type at events in Gleneagles Hotel.

The latest award night marked my retirement from motoring journalism so this is my final News write-up – happy motoring!