Hyundai cleaned up at the World Car Awards at the New York International Auto show last weekend, when the IONIQ 5 was recognized by a jury of 102 automotive journalists from 33 countries around the world as World Car of the Year. The battery electric vehicle (BEV), which has already won numerous international accolades, was up against an array of 27 competitor models launched in 2021, coming first over other finalists in all three categories in which it was nominated.
“We are truly honored to receive these prestigious awards”, said President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company, Jaehoon Chang. “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.”
Hyundai is accelerating its electrification strategy to become the world’s leading EV maker. Hyundai plans to introduce 17 new BEV models by 2030, including Genesis luxury brand models, and aims to boost annual global BEV sales to 1.87 million units by 2030.
IONIQ 5 heralds a new era in Hyundai design, with exterior styling characterized by clean, sharp lines that convey its dynamic presence as “a new mobility experience. “It’s 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.”