Jaguar XJ named Luxury Car of the Year

Jaguar will be disappointed the XJ missed out on making the shortlist for the European Car of the Year title after significant praise from the public and media since its launch earlier this year.

However, finishing ahead of a host of rival luxury cars to take the prestigious Top Gear award follows on from success in the Scottish Luxury Car of the Year and What Car? Luxury Green Car of the Year awards.

Top Gear magazine editor Jason Barlow described the XJ as a ‘blast from the future,’ adding: "Rarely has a new car slackened so many jaws."

The British-built luxury saloon has impressed various public figures since its arrival. A special bomb-proof model was used to transport David Cameron to Buckingham Palace to be sworn in as Prime Minister while the English Ashes team use Jaguar cars for transportation as part of a sponsorship deal with the English Cricket Board.

"The Jaguar XJ brought a bold new approach to the luxury car market in the UK with its distinctive design, generous accommodation, exceptional performance and strong economy credentials," said Geoff Cousins, Managing Director, Jaguar UK.

The judges, described as one of the ‘toughest panels anywhere in the motoring world’ by Cousins, awarded the brand’s flagship model the title in a category containing cars from luxury car heavyweights such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Bentley.

The new Jaguar XJ has been responsible for an upturn in Jaguar’s fortunes in 2010, along with the new XK coupe and XF executive car.

The XJ alone has enjoyed a 29 per cent market share, helping the manufacturer sell over 15,000 cars in the UK this year.

This success has led to owners Tata Motors confirming both Jaguar plants in the Midlands will remain open to continue to build new models in future.

The Jaguar XJ is available to buy now from Jaguar dealers, with prices started from £56,000.