Kia Telluride wins the World Car of the Year title this year making it a very first for the Kia. Also, the Soul EV bagged the World Urban Car of the Year award.
World Car of the Year winners are announced at the New York Auto Show every year. Due to the ongoing unfavourable situation this year, the New York Auto Show was called off and the winners were announced online via a live video stream. Kia’s full-size 7-seater SUV – Telluride is the car that has been crowned as the World Car of the Year 2020. It was shortlisted from a list comprising of 29 cars in total. However, the Mazda 3 and Mazda CX-30 were also running up alongside the Telluride to the top-3 positions.
Kia Telluride becomes the first Kia car ever to win the World Car of the Year title.
Making it even bigger for the South-Korean brand, Soul bagged the title of World Urban Car of the Year 2020. The Soul is a compact offering from Kia and is offered with a slew of drivetrain options, which also includes a full-electric version of the car. And it is the EV that won the race to this title while competing against the electrified version of the Mini Cooper SE and Volkswagen T-Cross. While getting two awards from the jury, it was also the first time in the history that a Kia car has been awarded the World Car of the Year title.
Porsche also got itself two awards this year. From the 911 manufacturer’s stable, the Cayman GT4/ Boxster 718, 911, and Taycan were nominated in the award run. The Taycan, however, bagged itself the title of World Performance Car of the Year 2020 and World Luxury Car of the Year 2020. With these two awards on its sides, Porsche marked its sixth win in the performance car category. However, the Mazda 3 has been awarded as the World Car Design of the Year 2020, outdoing the 1st and 2nd runner up – Porsche Taycan and Peugeot 208.
Porsche Taycan bags the World Performance Car of the Year and World Luxury Car of the Year award.
Talking of the World Car of the Year award program, it was inaugurated for the first time in 2003. It has successfully completed 16 years by now. In these awards, a jury of 86 motor journalists evaluates the nominations and then decides to awards a car by coming up on a consensus.