JAGUAR Land Rover can look to the future with confidence after landing a clutch of honours at a prestigious industry awards ceremony.
Both Jaguar and Land Rover claimed a brace of awards in the Auto Express 2009 New Car Awards.
The Land Rover Freelander 2 won Best Compact SUV and the Discovery 3 scooped Best Large SUV.
The Freelander 2 beat off strong competition from the likes of the Audi Q5 and the Ford Kuga while the Discovery 3 triumphed over the BMW X6.
Auto Express motoring and digital editor, Daniel Strong said: “When it comes to off-road credentials, few firms can match the history and experience of one of Britain’s best loved motoring brands. Land Rover celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, but it shows no signs of slowing down.”
Land Rover UK’s managing director, John Edwards, said: “We are very proud to receive these two awards from Auto Express. Winning the Best Compact category with the Freelander 2 for the third consecutive year is an incredible achievement in this highly competitive sector.”
Jaguar’s design director, Ian Callum, won the inaugural ‘Person of the Year’ award, while one of his most successful designs to date - the Jaguar XF - has been hailed ‘Best Executive Car’ for the second year running.
David Johns, editor-in-chief at Auto Express said: “You only have to look at the new XJ to understand why Ian Callum is the winner of our ‘Person of the Year’ award. For overseeing the reinvention of a much loved British brand and making Jaguars incredibly desirable and stylish once more, Ian Callum thoroughly deserves this award.”
Mr Callum said: “It is a tremendous honour to receive this accolade. To be recognized for my work through the past few years at Jaguar is extremely satisfying. I set out ten years ago on a mission and it is wonderful to see that plan come together and deliver. Part of that mission was to surround myself with what I consider to be the best design team in the industry, so they should be equally proud of this recognition.”