Eight of the 21 judges in the Women's World Car of the Year were at the Michelin stand at the Paris Motor Show in September to present the supreme award trophy to Land Rover executives. The trophy to be presented is from New Zealand this year. It is a depiction of the New Zealand native fern, the koru, carved in native timber by master carver Hugh McKechnie of the Bay of Islands in the Far North of New Zealand. The appropriate words have been inlaid with paua, a native New Zealand shell.
Gerry McGovern accepted the award on behalf of Land Rover during the show. In April this year, the jury of Women's World Car of the Year, which comprises women motoring writers from 12 countries bestowed the Range Rover Evoque with its coveted Women's World Car of the Year award. The Evoque also took top honours in its category of 'Luxury Car'. The judges from eleven countries first submitted their own personal short list and more than 300 cars were suggested. These individual choices were then whittled down to form a master list of 32 in terms of popularity. McGovern said, 'We are delighted to accept this award, which demonstrates the Range Rover Evoque's broad appeal globally. The Evoque has been a phenomenal success to date, having won over 120 awards in its first year of being on sale.'
The women judges present at the Paris Motor Show were Regina Chan – Canada, Renuka Kirpilani – India, Geraldine Herbert – Ireland, Jacqui Madelin, Sandy Myhre – New Zealand, Henny Hemmes – The Netherlands, Caroline Carver, Sue Baker, Victoria Macmillan-Bell – UK. CEO of Women's World Car of the Year Ltd, Sandy Myhre, says the support of Michelin at the Paris Show is 'utterly invaluable' and recognises the value of women motoring writers within the industry and as representatives of women as motorists.
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