Jaguar XF named Towcar of the Year 2012

Article by Christian A., on June 15, 2012

At the annual Towcar Awards, the overall winner for 2012 was the Jaguar XF. Practical Caravan runs this event, in cooperation with The Camping and Caravanning Club and What Car?. It is considered to be the hardest test of towcar capability in Britain. Jaguar has been on a winning streak. It recently was given awards during the 2012 What Car? / JD Power car customer satisfaction survey.

Jaguar was named top car manufacturer while the XF was recognized as the best executive car. In addition, Volkswagen got four other awards. For the up to 1424kg category, the Golf got the win. The Passat Estate was named for the 1425-1574kg category while the Tiguan won for the 1575-1724kg category.

The ‘Green Award’ was given to the Passat. The Land Rover Discovery again won for the 1900kg+ category. Already in its sixth year, the Towcar Awards 2012 got 34 of the newest models and attached them to caravans in their goal to determine which the best ones are. The cars had to be tested for their practicality. Dynamic stability assessments were also conducted. The Towcar Awards are very credible and buyers consider them to be definitive conclusions of what products to trust.

What Car? also provides real-life buying and owning information. According to Nigel Donnelly of Practical Caravan, the judging this year was challenging. He also emphasized that Volkswagen and Land Rover produced very deserving category winners. But what the judges were all in agreement of is how special the Jaguar XF is. It’s undeniably an excellent car whether it’s used for towing or when it’s working solo. During towing, it has a stability that can’t be rocked. It almost seems as if it’s not hooked to a caravan.

New XF is basically a Jaguar sports car embodied in a saloon, winning both awards and fans around the world because of the pure combination of stunning appearance and dynamic performance. Its bonnet, grille and front wings (with new triangular side vents) have been revised to feature a new dramatic yet stunningly muscular aesthetic.

The top-of-the-range model -- the XFR saloon – has been given a distinct and assertive design to highlight its potential as a performance version of the XF saloon. All other versions could be availed with the 'Aerodynamic' option, allowing for three different styling options.

Thanks to certain advancements in lighting technology, the new 2012 Jaguar XF is able to feature the Jaguar design language first seen on the flagship XJ saloon. For instance, headlamps now come with bi-function HID xenon technology, which means they could be made slimmer and more compact without losing their illumination power. These headlamp units also feature LED daytime running lights, which are laid out in the characteristic Jaguar 'J-Blade' signature pattern.

On the rear end, the new 2012 Jaguar XF features renewed LED tail lights – complete with stop, light and indicator functions -- extending to the center of the boot lid. These tail lights are separated by a revised boot lid finisher, which lower edge is finished in black. All XF models feature boots with power closure. For the 2012 model year, the new Jaguar XF is now available in three new exterior colors and an array of new wheels with sizes ranging from 17 inches to 20 inches.

Ian Callum, Design Director for Jaguar Cars, described the XF saloon as purposeful yet elegant, with true sporting intent. Callum noted that the 2012 version of the XF has been evolved and enhanced in such a way that its performance character makes it the most visually dynamic car in its class.

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