With 2013 over various entities that are involved in the automotive industry are naming their best cars of 2013. Most would agree that the Jaguar F-Type was one of the best cars of last year. The roadster (and later introduced coupe version) was available in various levels of performance, but the big supercharged V8 provides one of the most fun experiences that one could have in an open-aired sports car.
The F-Type has a raw emotional connection that is missing from many cars today. Where many others a numb feeling the F-Type makes you feel like you are part of the machine and will put a huge grin on your face.
It thus comes as no surprise that when Autobytel named its Car of the Year that the British sports car came one top. It is after all one of a few more or less affordable sports cars that will make you feel like a kid again.
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC announced today that the all-new Jaguar F-TYPE and 2014 Land Rover Range Rover have been named car and truck of the year by Autobytel, highlighting the momentum both brands have achieved coming into 2014.
“Jaguar F-TYPE and Land Rover Range Rover winning both Car and Truck of the Year awards from Autobytel in the same year is a tremendous honor. This accomplishment is a testament of our commitment to deliver unique, dynamic luxury cars and SUVs that stand out in the marketplace for design and capability,” said Joe Eberhardt, President, Jaguar Land Rover, North America. “Not only are the F-TYPE and Range Rover very popular vehicles, but they represent the essence of what the Jaguar and Land Rover brands stand for. We very much appreciate the acknowledgement from the automotive experts at Autobytel.”
In the United States, year-to-date through November, 2013, Jaguar sales are up 41 percent helped by the addition to the lineup of the all new F-TYPE convertible. In the same period, Land Rover sales are up 15 percent with the all new generation Land Rover Range Rover up 60 percent.
Autobytel Inc. is dedicated to helping consumers research and find the information they need to purchase new and used cars and connect to dealers online. The 2013 Car and Truck of the Year Awards were chosen by the editorial group of Autobytel, led by Editor in Chief, Michelle Naranjo. Autobytel editors have driven hundreds of vehicles and have chosen this year’s winners based on their game changing potential, advances in design and overall efficiency.
“Our selection process wasn’t easy,” said Michelle Naranjo, Editor in Chief, Autobytel. “The offerings within each of the vehicle segments we analyzed are extremely competitive, with some of the highest quality products we’ve seen in recent years. The Jaguar F-TYPE is quite simply superb, with a gorgeous design and impressive performance in virtually every respect. It’s the perfect blend of style and luxury in a thrill-a-minute ride.”
Naranjo continues, “Don’t let the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover fool you, it’s gorgeous on the outside and lavishly appointed on the inside, yet positively capable off road. With opulent features, timeless styling, and plenty of utility to handle the toughest terrains, it sits at the top of the Luxury SUV food chain.”
The new Jaguar F-TYPE represents a return to the company’s heart: a two-seat, convertible sports car focused on performance, agility and driver involvement. This Jaguar is a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years and encompasses some of the most beautiful, thrilling and desirable sports cars ever built. The 2014 F-TYPE combines low vehicle weight, high power and superb aerodynamics to achieve a pure sports car experience, yet with Jaguar elegance and luxury. The F-TYPE is powered respectively by the new Jaguar supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine in 340hp and 380hp outputs and a 495hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8. The F-TYPE Coupe goes on sale in spring, 2014.
The Fourth Generation Range Rover is the world’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminum body, with a weight savings of 700lbs. The Range Rover takes the capabilities of the brand’s flagship to a new level, with even greater luxury and refinement, enhanced performance and handling on all terrains and significant advances in sustainability. The Range Rover was launched in October of 2012 to acclaim, receiving over 20 awards and accolades globally to date.