The Birmingham-built Jaguar XK has given a double boost to the Midland automotive industry after being named Car of the Year.
The coupe version of the Castle Bromwich produced car also beat off competition from the BMW 6 series and the Porsche 911 to win the Best Coupe Category.
In the Auto Express Awards in London last night, the new XK was described as a "truly special car" and "a world beater."
David Johns, editor in chief at Auto Express, said: "From the moment we first heard rumours about the new Jaguar XK we were excited.
"The name Jaguar has always meant something special in motoring history, but in the recent past its cars haven't been able to live with the best from the German prestige brands.
"Now Jaguar has produced a car which is truly special both to own and to drive. In its market it is ultra-competitively priced. And we have no doubts that it is a real worldbeater."
The car has been well received in the market place - more than 1,000 UK customers have taken delivery of the new XK, an increase of 74 per cent year on year.
Globally, Jaguar has already sold more than 8,000 XK's, with the order bank still growing.
Geoff Cousins, UK managing director at Jaguar Cars, said: "At the outset Jaguar's aim was to deliver a sporting Grand Tourer that on the one hand cossets the driver and on the other offers an involving and rewarding experience.
"For those who have had the pleasure to experience the new XK, I am sure they will agree that we achieved just that."
There was also success for Jaguar's stablemate Land Rover, whose Solihull-built Discovery was voted the best 4x4 offroader.
Other British-built winners were the Sunderland-produced Nissan Note, which was voted best supermini MPV, and Swindon's Honda Civic which came in as best compact family car. ..SUPL: