Top Award for Jaguar's Design Chief and One of His Most Successful Models

The Birmingham Post (England), August 10, 2009 | Go to article overview

Top Award for Jaguar's Design Chief and One of His Most Successful Models


Jaguar design director Ian Callum has added to his trophy cabinet by winning the inaugural Person of the Year category at this year's Auto Express Awards.

And one of his most successful designs so far - the Jaguar XF - was named Best Executive Car for the second year running.

Auto Express editor-in-chief David Johns said: "You only have to look at the new XJ to understand why Ian Callum is the winner of our 'Person of the Year' award.

"For overseeing the reinvention of a much loved British brand and making Jaguars incredibly desirable and stylish once more, Ian Callum thoroughly deserves this award."

Mr Callum said: "It is a tremendous honour to receive this accolade. To be recognised for my work through the past few years at Jaguar is extremely satisfying.

"I set out ten years ago on a mission and it is wonderful to see that plan come together and deliver.

"Part of that mission was to surround myself with what I consider to be the best design team in the industry, so they should be equally proud of this recognition."

The XF proved popular among Auto Express readers earlier this year when it was voted winner of the Driver Power 2009 Reliability and Satisfaction Survey.

"With a pair of new diesel engine options and a scorching high-performance flagship, the Jaguar XF has gone from strength to strength in the past 12 months," Mr Johns said.

"So it should come as no surprise to find the car towering above its rivals at the top of the executive class for a second year running.

"What will raise some eyebrows is that Mercedes' latest E-Class has done little to unsettle the British-built Jag.

"The XF's closest competitor is the BMW 5-Series, but when it comes to pure owner satisfaction, the Jaguar is simply unbeatable. …

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