At their sixth annual concept car of the year awards last week, South East Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO) recognized the Jaguar C-XF as the best Production Preview vehicle among the several dozen concepts that debuted during the previous year. Concepts were lumped into several categories, including general concepts, trucks, specialty and vehicles that give a look at a specific upcoming model.
The C-XF is a thinly disguised version of the XF replacement for the current S-Type, which is expected to be shown in production form at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The XF will debut a whole new look for Jaguar, dropping the more traditional styling of the S-Type, X-Type and XJ.
Other winners at the awards included the Chevy Volt which was voted the best specialty concept and most significant, while the Holden Efijy was was recognized in the general concept car category.
JAGUAR C-XF WINS PRODUCTION PREVIEW VEHICLE OF THE YEAR AWARD
DEARBORN, Mich. June 21, 2007 – Organized by the South East Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO), Jaguar's C-XF concept car was voted the 2007 North American Production Preview Vehicle of the Year Award.
According to juror Chris Poole, "The C-XF reinterprets Jaguar's traditional 'grace, space, pace' in a fresh, original new way – which is no easy task. And, all without a sign of [retrospective design]."
These awards recognize vehicles that are most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry. With more than two dozen professional automotive journalists from all over North America on the jury panel, the C-XF was selected amongst 11 Production Preview Concept Vehicles that were launched in North America during the 2007 Auto Show season.
"We are honored that the Jaguar C-XF was voted 2007 Production Preview Vehicle of the Year Award in such a highly competitive segment," said Marti Eulberg, executive vice president of Marketing and Sales, Jaguar North America. "Although purely a concept vehicle, the C-XF definitely signals a new design direction for Jaguar."
The Jaguar C-XF concept car made its debut on January 7, 2007 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. It's a stunning four-door sedan that blends dynamic, modern features with classic heritage cues and boasts a 4.2-liter supercharged V8 engine.
In January 2007, the C-XF also won AutoWeek's Editors' Choice Award for Best in Show.