The Range Rover Evoque has been named the 2012 North American Truck of the Year. The announcement, was made at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and saw the Evoque triumph over the BMW X3 and the Honda CR-V. The judging panel of senior US automotive journalists chose the Evoque as the winner after reviewing it against its competitors in six key categories; value for money, innovation, handling, performance, safety and driver satisfaction.
'We are honored that the all-new Range Rover Evoque has been named the 2012 North American Truck of the Year, one of the most celebrated automotive awards in our industry,' said Andy Goss, President, Jaguar Land Rover North America. 'This recognition is in keeping with the overwhelmingly positive global response from consumers who are selecting the vehicle for its ideal combination of luxury and capability, within a sustainable package.'
The Range Rover Evoque was reviewed by a group of 50 automotive journalists, from the United States and Canada. Every year, the jurors of the North American Truck of the Year convene to determine worthy vehicle contenders and limit the eligible vehicles to approximately ten cars and ten trucks. Based on a points system, the jurors rate the vehicles and send their ballots to Deloitte and Touche’s office in Detroit where the selection process is narrowed down to the three cars and three trucks with the most points. Once the three finalists are announced, the jurors vote again on the finalists.
The North American Truck of the Year honour is the latest global accolade that the Range Rover Evoque has received since its launch in September 2011. It is the first NAToTY title for Land Rover although the brand has been shortlisted three times. Additionally, in North America, the car has been named Motor Trend’s 2012 Sport Utility of the Year, Autoweek's 'Best of Best' Truck, Road & Travel's International Truck of the Year, Decisive Magazine’s Urban Truck of the Year, Automobile Magazine’s 2012 All-Star Award and Best Luxury Compact Vehicle from Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) and Bloomberg News’s Crossover Car of the Year.