MSN Cars reveals the nation’s favourite new motor

MSN Cars is delighted to announce that the Range Rover Evoque has been named the winner of the eighth annual MSN Cars Car of the Year award.

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With a top speed of 135mph and the ability to go from 0 to 60mph in 7.1 seconds, the iconic Range Rover Evoque roared to the top of the annual poll, with more than 30,000 readers voting for the cars that have most captured their imaginations over the past 12 months.

The Range Rover Evoque collected 12% of the total votes to take the top spot, with two other home-grown rivals rounding out the top three. The Aston Martin Virage claimed second spot with 9% of the votes, followed by the McLaren MP4-12C with 8%.

On receiving the award, Richard Else, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Halewood Operations, said: “I am delighted to accept the MSN Cars Car of the Year award on behalf of the plant and also the wider company. It is always great to receive external awards for our products – especially when the recognition comes from members of the public.

“We have been overwhelmed by the extremely positive reaction to the Evoque and are working hard here at Halewood to continue the delivery of an outstanding vehicle to our customers.”

Tom Evans, managing editor of MSN Cars, comments: “With over 30,000 votes, this year’s competition generated a great deal of public interest.  The MSN Cars Car of the Year award is often won by supercars like the Audi R8 or Ferrari 458 Italia.  I’m really pleased to see our prize being won by a car that many people can realistically aspire to own.

“The Evoque is a thoroughly worthy winner, and a British one too.  The enthusiasm for this global smash hit is palpable.  It has gorgeous looks, strong performance both on and off the road, and can still return up to 63 miles-per-gallon.  Huge congratulations to everyone at Land Rover.”

MSN Cars Car of the Year Award 2012*
1 Range Rover Evoque 12%
2 Aston Martin Virage 9%
3 McLaren MP4- 12C 8%
4 Ferrari 458 Spider 7%
5 Jaguar XKR- S 7%
6 BMW M5 6%
7 Ford Focus 5%
8 BMW 1 Series M Coupe 4%
9 BMW3 Series 4%
10 Mercedes- Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe 4%
11 Porsche 911 991 4%

*30,101 people surveyed on the MSN Cars website during December 2011 and January 2012

Previous winners of the MSN Cars Car of the Year award:

2011:   Audi R8 Spyder 2010:   Ferrari 458 Italia 2009:   Nissan GT-R 2008:   Audi R8 2007:   BMW 3-Series Coupé 2006:   Bugatti Veyron 2005:   Aston Martin DB9