MAHWAH, N.J., Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Land Rover announced today that the all-new 2012 Range Rover Evoque has been named the 2012 North American Truck of the Year. The announcement was made today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2012 Range Rover Evoque was selected over two other finalists, the BMW X3 and the Honda CR-V, based on the following categories: value for the dollar, innovation, handling, performance, safety and driver satisfaction.
"We are honored that the all-new Range Rover Evoque has been named the 2012 North American Truck of the Year, one of the most celebrated automotive awards in our industry," said Andy Goss, President, Jaguar Land Rover North America. "This recognition is in keeping with the overwhelmingly positive global response from consumers who are selecting the vehicle for its ideal combination of luxury and capability, within a sustainable package."
The Range Rover Evoque was reviewed by a coalition of 50 automotive journalists, from the United States and Canada, representing all media platforms. Every year, the jurors of the North American Truck of the Year convene to determine worthy vehicle contenders and limit the eligible vehicles to approximately 10 cars and 10 trucks. Based on a points system, the jurors rate the vehicles and send their ballots to Deloitte & Touche's office in Detroit where the selection process is narrowed down to three cars and three trucks with the most points. Once the three finalists are announced, the jurors vote again on the finalists.
The 2012 Range Rover Evoque is the lightest and most fuel efficient Range Rover ever produced. The vehicle stays true to the core values of Range Rover, providing premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury, performance and Land Rover multi-terrain capability, while embodied in a more compact package. The Range Rover Evoque also sends a message that the company is serious about sustainability and determined to deliver vehicles that are both relevant and highly desirable.
The Range Rover Evoque is available in two versions: a coupe and a five-door, with starting prices of $44,995* and $43,995*, respectively. Every Range Rover Evoque destined for the United States will be equipped with all-wheel-drive and will feature a 240-horsepower, turbocharged, direct fuel injected, four-cylinder engine coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Range Rover Evoque achieves 28 MPG** EPA estimated highway and 18 MPG** EPA estimated city. This excellent fuel economy is the result of new efficiency technologies, lightweight materials, and environmentally conscious design.
The North American Truck of the Year honor is the latest U.S. accolade that the Range Rover Evoque has received since its launch. It is the first win for Land Rover and the third nomination for The North American Truck of the Year. The LR3 was nominated in 2005 and the Defender 90 in 1994. Additionally, the car has been named Motor Trend's 2012 Sport/Utility of the Year, Autoweek's "Best of Best" Truck, Road & Travel's International Truck of the Year, Decisive Magazine's Urban Truck of the Year, Automobile Magazine's 2012 All-Star Award and Best Luxury Compact Vehicle from Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) and Bloomberg News' Crossover Car of the Year.
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*Price shown is MSRP for Range Rover Evoque Prestige Premium. Includes destination and delivery fee. Excludes taxes, title, license and other local fees.
** Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.
About Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC
Jaguar Land Rover is a business built around two great British car brands that are designed, engineered and manufactured in the United Kingdom. Jaguar Cars Limited, founded in 1922, is one of the world's premier manufacturers of luxury sedans and sports cars. Since 1948, Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that define "breadth of capability" in their segments.
Jaguar manufactures all their cars exclusively in the United Kingdom, at the Castle Bromwich manufacturing plant in the British Midlands. Land Rover and Range Rover models are built in the United Kingdom at the Solihull and Halewood plants. Land Rover exports to 169 countries and Jaguar exports to 63 countries, with global sales for both brands exceeding 240,000 vehicles annually. The Jaguar Land Rover business employs 16,000 people in United Kingdom, including 3,500 engineers at two product development centers.
Headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey in the United States, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC has offices across the USA and Canada and is represented by more than 330 retail outlets.
Information about Jaguar North America products is available to consumers via the Internet at www.jaguarusa.com.
Information about Land Rover North America products is available to consumers via the Internet at www.landroverusa.com.
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