Usually announced the day before the New York auto show, which was finally postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the “World Car Awards” finally delivered their verdict to reward the Porsche and Kia brands twice. No doubt, electric cars are popular.
Each year since 2003, a college of more than 80 international journalists have rewarded a list of cars selected for the "World Car Awards". In this 2020 vintage, the program was somewhat turned upside down for the 86 jury members due to the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), since the awards awarded are generally announced the day before the New York auto show.
Kia on top of the world
Problem: the American event was postponed to a later date (from August 28 to September 6) in the face of the current global health crisis. The results were therefore announced through a YouTube video and press releases published on the official competition website. And the least we can say is that the vehicles of Kia and Porsche have obviously caused a sensation.
The South Korean manufacturer indeed won the supreme "World Car of the Year" award for its Kia Telluride, an imposing five-meter SUV marketed in the United States. The new Kia Soul EV family electric minivan (photo above), newly named Kia e-Soul, takes the “World Urban Car of the Year” category with the nose and beard of the Mini Cooper SE and of the Volkswagen T-Cross.
Porsche marks the blow
Killing two birds with one stone, the zero emission sports car Taycan wins the "World Luxury Car" trophies (a first for Porsche) and "World Performance Car", constituting the German group's sixth victory in the category recently named after 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017.
Finally, the Mazda 3 was voted "World Car Design of the Year" ahead of the Peugeot 208 and the Taycan Porch.