The new Jaguar XF has won the design award at respected UK car enthusiasts' magazine Autocar's annual event in London on Monday night. This is the title's annual tribute to outstanding achievements within the automotive industry and the people who work in it.

Jaguar's design director Ian Callum said: "This is the first time Jaguar has won this highly respected Autocar award for a production car."

Autocar editor Chas Hallett noted: "What most impressed the judging panel is Jaguar's success in producing a car that looks elegant, graceful and 'Jaguar-like'." He believes Jaguar founder, the late Sir William Lyons, "would thoroughly have approved" the new car.

The XF was launched at the Frankfurt motor show last September and is on sale next March.

Other magazine awards for the XF include 'most exciting car to be launched in 2007' from What Car? Readers poll and 'interior of the year award 2007' from Car.

Separately, the Toyota Supra HV-R which made history by being the first hybrid race car to win a competition (the Tokachi 24-hour last July), has been named race engine of the year by Race Engine Technology magazine.