TodayApril 15, 2022

Jaguar WWCOTY award washingtonpost carchat

Good Morning Warren and Friends,

If you could build a car, would it be built on your family heritage or your personal life, how would it look? What colors would be on the exterior and interior?
Rolls-Royce unveiled a coach-built sweptail at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Sure, it’s an expensive car, more than you or I could afford, but the question is what would a car designed by you, built to your specifications look like if you could build a car?

Many people design their homes, some of the wealthier design their yachts. The chief designer of Rolls-Royce, Giles Davis, says that coach-building is making a resurgence, and I agree with him. On my two-week emersion of cars with Veloce Tours, I met Italdesign, a company that reports to Audi, along with Lamborghini and Ducati. They are building five coach-built cars.

You and I don’t coach-build our cars, but we do pick the colors, the options, and the engine. Is there a particular color you always pick? I was with a gentleman a couple of weeks ago that wouldn’t drive a white car. He’d had an accident in a white car and wouldn’t drive one again. Are you opposed to certain colors?

I am in Whitley, located near the City of Coventry today with Jaguar. The Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) is presenting Jaguar with the Supreme Award for 2017 for the Jaguar F-Pace. Last night we had dinner with Jaguar’s Director of Design, Ian Callum. Today we spent the day at Jaguar design center with Ian, and I saw the future.

The WWCOTY was presented to CEO, Ralf Speth, Chief Designer, Ian Callum (and Board member) and Fiona Pargeter, global director of PR communications and the only woman on the Board of Directors and the highest-ranking woman in Jaguar Land Rover. Callum and Pargeter spent the day with Eleven women from ten different countries giving us a glimpse into how Jaguar products are created and steps needed to create the heritage of the future.

The Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the ultimate in Jaguar Land Rover personalization, is also located in the U.K. motor city.

If you are going to be in the Coventry area and want to visit Jaguar, there are certain facilities at Gaydon, Solihull, and Coventry that are open to the public to view.

Out of the mouths of babes

I spent the weekend with my girlfriend Larkin and her two-year-old, Ellis. Ellis has a MINI car, pink, mind you. She got in the car and promptly told her mother that she needed to go to the petrol station, that she was out of gas. Her mother explained to her that she didn’t need gas, that she needed to plug her car in for it to run. “You mean I don’t have to go to the petrol station, Mommy?”

That’s right Ellis, and hopefully when you’re old enough to drive there will be no wars over oil.

Let’s chat about cars

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Jaguar wins Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) with Ralf Speth and Ian Callum and Fiona Pargeter

Jaguar wins Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) with Ralf Speth and Ian Callum and Fiona Pargeter


Women’s World Car of the Year – Judging Panel

Sandy Myhre – New Zealand – Honorary President
Marta Garcia – Spain – Executive President
Renuka Kirpalani – India
Charleen Clarke – South Africa
Regina Chan – Canada
Sue Baker – United Kingdom
Jill Mcintosh – Canada
Alicia Ryzewski – Argentina
Jacqui Madelin – New Zealand
Geraldine Herbert – Ireland
Maggie Barry – Scotland
Odiel Mennink – The Netherlands
Ylle Tampere – Estonia
Hoa Huyen – Vietnam
Sara Soria – Spain
Isabel Del Angel Negrete – Mexico
Carla Ribeiro – Portugal
Francisca Munoz Matus – Chile
Nadine Armstrong – Australia
Solveig Grewe – Germany
Anat Daniel – Israel
Liz Swanton – Australia
Ariadne Gerasimidou – Greece
Liza Maria Rojas – Columbia
Guillermina Fossati – Argentina
Petra Walter – Austria
Shereen Shabnam – Dubai
Olesya Repkina – Russia
Michelle Ferreira – Brazil
Nicole Wakelin – United States
Lou Hammond – United States
Alix Capper Murdoch – Cyprus
Ilaria Salzano – Italy
Mervi Varonen – Finland
Sabina Kvasova – Czech Republic
Etsuko Kusuda – Japan
Rita Cook – United States
Miladys Soto – Puerto Rico
Jimena Olazar – Argentina
Malene Raith – Denmark
Beatriz Nunez – Costa Rica
Melina Priam – France
Judith Hernández – Ecuador

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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