The 2022 World Car of the Year awards are in with one vehicle sweeping three categories: the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5. Hyundai's new all-electric crossover was named the overall World Car of the Year, World Electric Vehicle of the Year and World Car Design of the Year. The awards were handed out during a ceremony last week at the New York International Auto Show.
All three World Car of the Year finalists were all-electric vehicles this year. A jury of 102 automotive journalists from 33 countries selected the IONIQ 5 over the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Kia EV6.
"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," said Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company.
Hyundai says it plans to introduce 17 new battery electric (BEV) models by 2030, a number that also includes Genesis luxury brand models. The company's goal is to boost annual global BEV sales to 1.87 million units by 2030.
Chang added, "IONIQ 5 represents a pivotal achievement for us as we pioneer a new generation of smart mobility solutions with our innovative E-GMP platform technologies, exceptional performance and disruptive approach to design and space. IONIQ 5 has made a strong impression on increasingly eco-conscious 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."
IONIQ 5 also won World Car Design of the Year.
"With IONIQ 5, we set out to create a new mobility experience — a game-changer," said SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. "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."
Here is the complete list of the 2022 World Car of the Year Winners:
- HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 – 2022 WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR
- HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 – 2022 WORLD ELECTRIC VEHICLE OF THE YEAR
- MERCEDES-BENZ EQS – 2022 WORLD LUXURY CAR
- AUDI E-TRON GT – 2022 WORLD PERFORMANCE CAR
- TOYOTA YARIS CROSS – 2022 WORLD URBAN CAR
- HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 – 2022 WORLD CAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
Photo Credit: Hyundai.