I’ve been intrigued by the Hyundai IONIQ from the first time I heard about it. First of all, there’s a style and range in this electric car that must appeal to a large number of people. There are also three compelling powertrains depending on your needs — three electrified powertrains (my favorite being the IONIQ Electric). All three versions — the Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and Electric — were treated as one car for voting purposes, dynamically increasing the EVs appeal in the 8th edition of the Women’s World Car of the Year awards. And that triplet of an electrified leader took the “Supreme Award.”
The Hyundai IONIQ is the world’s first car to be offered in these three versions — these three powertrains. The IONIQ made it’s way up from the top of the Green Car category, naturally, before taking the Supreme Award.
The wonderful thing is that the IONIQ is suited for a wide range of new buyers entering the world of electric cars. “The Women’s World Car of the Year is the only car award in the world by an all-female jury. The jury consists of 25 established motor journalists from 20 different countries. Initially, they nominated 420 cars before whittling them down to a top 60 list.” (This large number of judges probably contributed to the IONIQ winning, since it included journalists attracted to the fully electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid drivetrains.)
Hyundai continues: “To identify the supreme winner, the Women’s World Car of the Year jury first voted for the winning models in six different categories such as a family car, budget car, green car, SUV/Crossover, luxury car and performance car. The IONIQ came out on top in the Green car category and was then chosen as the supreme winner. …
“Among the technical highlights of the product range, the IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in provide class-leading fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions of 92-79 g/km* and 26 g/km* respectively. The IONIQ Electric can travel 174 miles on a single charge, providing greater flexibility and peace of mind for customers seeking a zero-emission car with a practical driving range. The IONIQ Plug-in can drive up to 39 miles in pure-electric mode, increasing the possibility of fuel-free driving for those customers who typically cover shorter distances.”
“Since entering the market last year, more than 23,000 customers in Europe have chosen the IONIQ range,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “The Women’s World Car of the Year award once again proves that the world’s first car offering hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric powertrains in a single body type is a real champion. Already holding several ‘Car of the Year’ titles for its overall performance and design, the Hyundai IONIQ is one of the most decorated, best-valued eco-cars and a symbol of Hyundai Motor’s technical capability and innovative spirit.”
“The car that wins the supreme award has gone through a rigorous test by 25 judges from 20 different countries who are on the panel of Women’s World Car of the Year,” said Sandy Myhre, Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s World Car of the Year. “It’s a democratic process and cars that have won categories and the supreme winner really have to stand out.”
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