Jaguar XJ wins top industry award

The chauffeur and private hire magazine awarded the longer wheelbase version of the Jaguar XJ the Professional Driver Car of the Year 2010 award at its annual ceremony.

Finishing ahead of competition from other luxury car manufacturers such as Mercedes and BMW, the new Jaguar XJ was awarded the gong after arriving in the UK earlier this year.

Mark Bursa, editor of Professional Driver Magazine, said: “The new Jaguar XJL makes a statement that none of its rivals can match. The judges loved the XJ’s looks, its beautiful and distinctive interior and outstanding driving dynamics.”

The judges consisted of a thirty experts from the chauffeuring and private hire sector as well as the motoring media. In total, 33 different models were judged for the 2010 awards.

There was a double victory for the Big Cat after the XJL model with the 3.0-litre diesel engine was awarded the Chauffeur Car of the Year. Meanwhile, the Jaguar XFS with the same 3.0-litre diesel finished third in the Executive Car of the Year category.

Elsewhere in the awards, the Ford Galaxy finished ahead of the Peugeot 5008 to win the MPV of the Year award.

Mark Bursa said: “The Ford Galaxy seems unassailable in the MPV of the Year category of the Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards. A raft of upgrades and improvements this year have made Galaxy more up-market. Galaxy’s all-round competence keeps it ahead of the field.”

In the Private Hire Car of the Year category, the Ford Mondeo Titanium Estate and Citroen C5 were unlucky to finish second and third respectively behind the Skoda Superb Estate.

The annual awards aim to celebrate the best hire cars and limousines for fleet managers, and is regularly dominated by premium manufacturers.