AAA Names the Jaguar XJ8L as Top Car Pick for 2006

Mar 21, 2006, 00:00 ET from Jaguar

    IRVINE, Calif., March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the American Automobile
 Association (AAA) announced its top cars for 2006 in 13 distinct categories
 and selected the Jaguar XJ8L as its top pick in the $50,000+ category.
     "The XJ8L has long distinguished itself from other luxury cars by offering
 outstanding performance, classic design and true luxury in one sleek sedan,"
 said Mike O'Driscoll, president, Jaguar North America.  "An endorsement from a
 team of trusted third-party experts, like AAA, is what Jaguar strives for when
 developing world-class vehicles."
     Every year, AAA takes a comprehensive look at more than 200 vehicles and
 judges them according to many criteria, including ride, performance, braking,
 handling, passenger and cargo space, value, and fuel economy.
     "Consumers in the market for a luxury sedan with excellent performance,
 handling agility and interior refinement will be impressed as AAA was with the
 Jaguar XJ8L sedan," says John Nielsen, director of AAA's Approved Auto Repair
 and Car Buying Program.
     About the XJ8L
     The XJ sedan is the bedrock on which the Jaguar of today is based.  Seven
 generations of XJ -- from the very first XJ6 unveiled by Sir William Lyons in
 1968, to the all-new model that made its public debut in Spring 2003 as a 2004
 model -- have taken the mantle of the definitive Jaguar sedan.  For 2006,
 Jaguar continues to hone and enhance its complete XJ sedan line-up.  Acoustic
 laminated side glass is fitted to further minimize the intrusion of external
 noise into the cabin, while a state-of-the-art tire pressure monitoring system
 detects pressure drops in all five wheels, including the spare.  A new braking
 system, with bigger diameter rotors and stronger calipers further improves on
 the XJ's already impressive braking performance.
     About AAA
     As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA
 provides more than 49 million members with travel, insurance, financial and
 automotive-related services.  Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit,
 fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and
 security of all travelers.