Top Gear Car of the Year: The Range Rover Evoque image

Jeremy Clarkson has just announced that the Top Gear Car of the Year for 2011 is the new Range Rover Evoque.

“When you have a Range Rover Sport, it’s not because you can’t quite afford the real thing: it’s because you are a drug dealer.
However, I really thought they’d come a cropper with the Evoque. I thought it would be a cheap facsimile of the real thing. A Fabergé egg made from plastic. A Montblanc ballpoint with a Bic heart.”

“The Evoque is very pretty. The three-door especially is one of the best-looking cars on the road today.”

“But if you look down between the front seats, you will note that it has the same all-terrain functions that you get on its big brother.”

The Evoque went into production in July 2011, and since then it received 54 awards ( 53 without this one ).

Recent awards came from Britain’s 4×4 Magazine, which proclaimed the Evoque its 4×4 of the Year, and this was followed by the Car of the Year title from the Czech Republic, and Best SUV from the Brazilian automotive news agency Auto Press.

For Land Rover global brand director John Edwards, keeping up with the awards is proving a welcome headache:

“The speed with which the honours are being collected by the Evoque is breathtaking, as is their global nature. It is a fantastic achievement for all connected with the Evoque project and a great endorsement for the product.

The Evoque is also a candidate for the North American Truck of the Year award, which will be presented at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January.