The World Car Awards named its 2022 winners at a ceremony during this year’s New York Auto Show. As a testament as to how the world’s automotive marketplace is shifting from combustion to electrification, and demonstrating how emission-free automobiles are equal or better than their gasoline or diesel counterparts, pure-electric vehicles took home most of the prestigious awards.
The top award — World Car of the Year — went to the Hyundai Ioniq 5, an all-electric SUV from a Korean automaker. The impressive Ioniq 5 took home two additional awards, earning the honor for World Electric Vehicle of the Year and World Car Design of the Year.
The World Luxury Car of the Year went to the Mercedes-Benz EQS, a premium all-electric sedan from the German automaker. Another all-electric German vehicle — the Audi E-Tron GT — won World Performance Car of the Year honors. The World Urban Car of the Year award went to the Toyota Yaris Cross, a Japanese subcompact offering not sold in the North America market.
Launched in 2004, the annual World Car Awards is celebrating its 18th year. According to a Cision Insight’s 2021 media report, it is the number one awards program in the world for the ninth consecutive year in terms of media reach and analysis of twenty-five top global markets. This year’s jury is comprised of 103 professional automotive journalists — a diverse group from all over the globe — who are tasked with testing, reviewing, and voting for the best vehicle in each category.
“It is the mission of the World Car Awards and its 100+ global jurors to recognize, reward and inspire automotive excellence, leadership and innovation in a rapidly changing automotive industry on a global scale,” says the organization. For more information, visit the World Car Awards.