All-electric Hyundai Ioniq 6 sweeps World Automobile of the 12 months awards

All-electric Hyundai Ioniq 6 sweeps World Automobile of the 12 months awards
All-electric Hyundai Ioniq 6 sweeps World Automobile of the 12 months awards

SangYup Lee, Hyundai’s government vice-president, and Jose Munoz, Hyundai’s chief government officer, pose with awards, through the 2023 World Automobile Awards on the New York Worldwide Auto Present, in Manhattan, April 5.ANDREW KELLY/Reuters

For the second straight yr, Hyundai cleaned up on the World Automobile of the 12 months awards, introduced Wednesday on the New York Worldwide Auto Present.

The all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 6 sedan was named World Automobile of the 12 months, World Electrical Car of the 12 months and World Automobile Design of the 12 months. It shares the identical platform because the Ioniq 5 SUV, which gained the identical three awards final yr.

The Ioniq 6 was the clear entrance runner. The jurors for the awards (together with this author) awarded it a complete of 796 factors. This put it comfortably forward of the Kia Niro with 756 factors, and the BMW X1 / iX1, with 740 factors. The shortlist was taken from an preliminary entry listing of 30 eligible autos.

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“Different [manufacturers] have invented different applied sciences and tried to take advantage of out of it, however just one [automaker] has invented autonomous promoting vehicles,” joked Jose Munoz, chief government officer of Hyundai Motor Firm North America, suggesting the Ioniq electrical autos simply appear to promote themselves.

The Korean firm is on a roll. Earlier within the yr, Hyundai’s government vice-president SangYup Lee was named 2023 World Automobile Particular person of the 12 months, for his work as head of Hyundai’s International Design Middle.

The World Automobile of the 12 months is determined in nameless voting by greater than 100 automotive journalists from 33 nations. Automobiles are judged on eight parameters – worth, security, innovation, consolation, efficiency, emotional attraction, market significance and environmental affect.

To be eligible, the automobile have to be on sale in at the least two markets on two continents, in addition to promote at the least 10,000 models in a yr. The World Luxurious Automobile should promote at the least 5,000 models a yr.

This yr, the World Luxurious Automobile award was gained by the Lucid Air electrical sedan, which beat the Genesis G90 and the BMW 7 Sequence / i7 for the title.

“The auto business just isn’t the simplest enterprise on this planet,” mentioned Derek Jenkins, senior vice-president of design and model for the California-based firm. “The thought of beginning a brand new automotive firm at the moment just isn’t for the faint of coronary heart. Only a few quick years in the past, this appeared like an unattainable dream, in order that makes this second extremely candy.”

World Efficiency Automobile was introduced to the Kia EV6 GT, beating the Nissan Z and Toyota GR Corolla. It was the primary time within the 18-year historical past of the World Automobile Awards {that a} German model was not represented on the shortlist for the efficiency class. World City Automobile, eligible to autos no better than 4.25 metres in size, was gained by the Citroen C3, which isn’t offered in North America.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 was the clear entrance runner on the 2023 World Automobile Awards, being awarded a complete of 796 factors, which put it comfortably forward of the Kia Niro with 756 factors, and the BMW X1 / iX1, with 740 factors.ANDREW KELLY