“It’s fantastic that an award is coming home so soon to the XF in New Zealand, where it is outselling competitors such as the BMW 5 series and Mercedes E class, in its market segment. This is a great reward.”
NBR motoring writer, Peter Gill, said he had no qualms about choosing a relatively expensive car as the best of 2008 (XF prices start at $114,990 and peak at $169,990).
“We’re a business newspaper, so our deliberations always see us cast our net around the upper executive end of the car market. This year the best fish in the net was the XF.”
Jaguar offers four engines in NZ market XFs – a 2.7-litre TDV6 diesel and 3.0 V6, 4.2 V8 and 4.2 supercharged V8 petrol motors. “While the TDV6 is most popular with our customers, the 4.2 V8 and SV8 are true high performance beautiful fast cars,” says Dumper. “The Jaguar XF has appealed to both the traditional Jaguar owners and the first time Jaguar buyers who have changed brands.
“That epitomises the Kiwis that are buying the new Jaguar. It’s a great feeling to park in the corporate carpark and know your car isn’t going to get lost in a sea of look-a-likes differentiated mainly by a badge. Jaguar is unique.”