The 2019 World Car Awards ceremony kicked off this year's
New York Auto Show
took home a hat-trick of awards.
The 2019 I-Pace was named the overall World Car of the Year, voted by a panel of 86 journalists from around the globe. (Full disclosure: The author is a World Car Awards juror.)
"For I-Pace to be awarded 2019 World Car of the Year gives our first all-electric vehicle the ultimate recognition it deserves," Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, said in a statement.
The World Car of the Year runners up were the Audi E-Tron -- one of the Jaguar's closest competitors -- and the Volvo S60/V60.
In addition to its overall win, the
2019 Jaguar I-Pace
took home the World Green Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards. In the Green Car category, the I-Pace beat the Audi E-Tron and hydrogen-powered
. For World Car Design, the I-Pace bested the Suzuki Jimny and
Other World Car Awards winners were the
for Performance Car of the Year, taking top honors over the
Aston Martin Vantage
and Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. The
2019 Audi A7
was named World Luxury Car of the Year, with the Q8 SUV and
BMW 8 Series
as its runners up. Finally, in the World Urban Car class, the Suzuki Jimny drove home with the big win, edging out the
and Hyundai AH2/Santro.