Hyundai IONIQ 6 Wins World Car Of The Year

Written By: Amy Plemons | Apr 11, 2023 10:17:46 AM

The Hyundai IONIQ 6 is a triple-winner in this year's World Car of the Year Awards.  The all-electric sedan - or as Hyundai also calls it "streamliner" - won the 2023 World Car of the Year title, plus picked up awards for World Electric Vehicle and World Car Design of the Year.

Hyundai-wins-world-car-year-credit=hyundaiSangYup Lee, executive vice president and head of Hyundai Global Design Center, Hyundai Motor Company and José Muñoz, president and global chief operating officer, Hyundai Motor Company | president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America accept Hyundai’s World Car of the Year awards in New York, April 5, 2023.


In the World Car of the Year category, the Ioniq 6 prevailed over the BMW X1/iX1 and the Kia Niro. For EV, it won over the Lucid Air and BMW i7. It also bested the Land Rover Range Rover and Lucid Air for World Car Design. A jury of 100 automotive journalists from 32 countries picked the winners.


World Car Of The Year

The Ioniq 6 is following in the footsteps of the Ioniq 5 which was awarded the winner in the same three categories last year. 

"We are thrilled to receive this prestigious honor two years in a row, which recognizes the tremendous talents and unrelenting efforts of everyone at Hyundai Motor Company to bring EVs like IONIQ 6 to market," said Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company. "This honor reinforces our commitment to be a global leader in vehicle electrification and will serve to embolden our efforts as a smart mobility solutions provider."


Ioniq 6 features include Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) technology, driver assistance systems and advanced connectivity with over-the-air (OTA) software updates, Dual Color Ambient Lighting, Speed Sync Lighting, EV Performance Tune-up and Electric Active Sound Design (e-ASD). 

World EV of the Year

IONIQ 6 is the second model in Hyundai's dedicated all-electric lineup brand, IONIQ. It's based on the brand's spacious Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) architecture with 800-Volt ultra-fast charging capabilities. Hyundai says it provides a 10 to 80 percent charge in just 18 minutes.

Hyundai-ioniq-6-nyas-credit-hyundaiCredit: Hyundai.

Hyundai calls the Ioniq 6 one of the most aerodynamic and energy efficient EVs on the market thanks to its ultra-low drag coefficient of just 0.21.  The automaker says the Long-Range model (77.4 kWh) with a 2-wheel drive (2WD) configuration and 18-inch tires delivers an EPA-estimated range of 361 miles.

World Car Person of Year

Hyundai designer San Yup Lee was named 2023 World Car Person of the Year in part for his role in the IONIQ 6 along with the all-new KONA and the N Vision 74 rolling lab. 

"We always want to connect with customers on an emotional level and with the design of the IONIQ 6 we have created truly one of a kind. The daring streamliner styling combines strong emotional appeal with aerodynamic efficiency to give exceptional range," said SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. "Inside, we set-out to create a personal studio which offers the mindful space and calm functionality which, we believe, elevates EV design."


Hyundai says most Ioniq 6 trim levels are available this Spring. The IONIQ 6 SE Standard Range Trim, with a 53-kWh Battery Pack that starts from $41,600, will be available this summer. The SE Long Range trim with the 77.4 kWh battery pack starts from $45,500. Delivery charges for the 2023 model year IONIQ 6 are $1,115. Pricing does not include any available tax State or Federal tax credits.

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