The 2022 World Car Awards have been finally announced at the ongoing New York International Auto Show. Winner of this year’s World Car of the Year (WCOTY) award as well as other categories including World Performance Car of the Year, World Urban Car of the Year, World Luxury Car of the Year, World Electric Vehicle of the Year and World Car Design of the Year have also been announced.
World Car of the Year: Vehicles eligible for World Car of the Year must be produced in volumes of at least 10,000 units/year, must be priced below the luxury-car level in their primary markets, and must be “on-sale” in at least two major markets (China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Latin America, USA) on at least two separate continents within the period January 1, 2021 and March 30, 2022.
Multi-category Entries: Vehicles in the World Performance Car, World Urban Car, World Electric Vehicle and World Car Design of the Year categories may also be contenders in the overall “World Car of the Year” class or “World Luxury Car” class, depending on type and pricing.
All vehicles eligible for other World Car award categories are automatically eligible for World Car Design of the Year. A jury of 102 distinguished international automotive journalists from 33 countries selected the finalists by secret ballot based on their evaluation of each eligible vehicle as part of their professional work. The votes were tabulated by renowned international accounting firm KPMG.
HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 – 2022 WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR
Hyundai’s IONIQ5 has grabbed the 2022 World Car of the Year award adding yet another feather to its cap. This is a TRIPLE WIN for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 which also won the 2022 World Electric Vehicle of the Year and the 2022 World Car Design of the Year award honors. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 was chosen from an initial entry list of 28 vehicles from all over the world then a short list of three finalists as announced on March 15th. Ioniq 5 scored 815 points beating the other two finalists Kia EV6 (808 points) and Ford Mustang Mach-e (773 points).
Commenting on the achievement, Jaehoon Chang, President & CEO of Hyundai Motor Company said:
“We are truly honored to receive these prestigious awards, which recognize the talent and hard work of all our people and business partners at Hyundai Motor Company. Our vision is to enable Progress for Humanity, and this endorsement of our approach will serve to embolden our commitment to make this vision a reality.”
MERCEDES–BENZ EQS – 2022 WORLD LUXURY CAR
The Mercedes-Benz EQS was declared as the winner of 2022 World Luxury Car title. This is the fifth World Luxury Car win for Mercedes-Benz and the second consecutive year for such awin. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class won the honors last year while the Mercedes-Benz E-Class won the
award in 2017. In 2015, it was the Mercedes-Benz S-Coupe and in 2014 it was the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The Benz EQS was chosen from an initial entry list of 8 vehicles from all over the world then a short list of three finalists as announced on March 15th. With a final score of 789 points, the EQS beat the BMW iX and the Genesis GV70 with 784 and 752 points respectively. Christoph Starzynski, Vice President Electric Vehicle Architecture & Development Electric Drive commented:
“We are very honored and proud to receive this award. It has been an intense journey to build up the Electric Vehicle Architecture of which the EQS is the first product. Receiving this award is a strong symbol for the whole team and strengthens our goal to build the world’s most desirable electric cars.”
AUDI E–TRON GT – 2022 WORLD PERFORMANCE CAR
Audi e–tron GT has won the 2022 World Performance Car award. The win adds to the award record for Audi AG. The company has now won 11 World Car awards in the 18-year history of WCOTY; more than any other car manufacturer.
The Audi e–tron GT was chosen from an initial entry list of 12 cars from all over the world then a short list three finalists as announced on March 15th. The e–tron GT with 786 points outpaced the BMW M3/M4 (746 points) and the joint entry Toyota GR86 / Subaru BRZ (741 points). Commenting on the achievement, Christiane Zorn, Head of Product Marketing at AUDI AG said:
“Our big goal with the Audi e–tron GT was to reimagine the Gran Turismo philosophy for the electric age. The e–tron GT combines sporty, powerful driving with a high level of everyday usability – it is a real Gran Turismo and a true Audi. Thank you very much to the World Car judges for recognizing the Audi e–tron GT with the 2022 World Performance Car award”.
HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 – 2022 WORLD ELECTRIC VEHICLE OF THE YEAR
Hyundai IONIQ 5 has been named as the 2022 World Electric Vehicle of the Year. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 was chosen from an initial entry list of 11 vehicles from all over the world then a short list of three finalists as announced on March 15th. With a final score of 815 points, it outpaced the other finalists the Mercedes-Benz EQS (786 points) and the Audi e-tron GT (779 points). Jaehoon Chang, President & CEO of Hyundai Motor Company said:
“IONIQ 5 represents a pivotal achievement for us as we pioneer a new generation of smart mobility solutions with its innovative E–GMP platform technologies, exceptional performance, and disruptive approach to design and space. Our game–changing EV has made a strong impact on increasingly eco–conscious and demanding consumers around the world, and its success supports the acceleration of electrification of the automotive industry. The pace of change at Hyundai will continue unabated through the rest of 2022 as we will soon be adding to our award–winning IONIQ range.”
TOYOTA YARIS CROSS – 2022 WORLD URBAN CAR
The winner of 2022 World Urban Car category is Toyota Yaris Cross. It was chosen from an initial entry list of 5 cars from all over the world then a
short list of three finalists as announced on March 15th. Scoring 708 points, the Yaris Cross beat the Opel Mokka (707 points) with a hairline margin, and the Volkswagen Taigun which scored 677 points. While receiving the award, the Chief Engineer Takatomo Suzuki commented:
“We are honored to be awarded “World Urban Car”. Our foundation has always been to make good compact cars, and this philosophy guided us to develop the Yaris Cross as a compact car with a spacious cargo area and utility, as well as sufficient power and fuel economy. Moving forward, we will use this award as motivation as we continue to develop high–quality cars that can meet our customers’ needs and promote environmentally–friendly vehicles that can help reduce CO2 emissions.”
HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 – 2022 WORLD CAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
Hyundai IONIQ 5 was awarded the 2022 World Car Design of the Year title. As announced on March 15th, the 2022 Top Three in the World finalists for the design award were the Hyundai IONIQ 5 (234 points), the Audi e-tron GT (214 points) and the Kia EV6 (175 points). Commenting on the accomplishment, SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center said:
“With IONIQ 5, we set out to create a new mobility experience — a game–changer. This extraordinary vehicle was made possible by the passion and efforts of designers and engineers who pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in the EV space.”
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