According to a list just released by the organizers, electric cars have dominated this year’s World Car Awards.
Overall, the three contenders for the World Car of the Year title are Hyundai Ioniq 5, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Kia EV6 – all bright and all electric.
In the case of world luxury cars, only the Genesis GV70 uses a good old internal-combustion engine; This is against BMW iX and Mercedes EQS.
Volkswagen Mokka and Toyota Yaris Cross – Volkswagen Tiguan Electrification is widespread in the world urban car segment with a wonderful third competitor.
Surely you can rely on the world performance car to abandon electrification? Not quite. Unlike the BMW M3 / M4 and Toyota GR86 / Subaru BRZ, the Audi E-Tron has the GT – and no one can argue that the GT isn’t fast or fun. Or beautiful – as evidenced by its nomination for the World Car Design of the Year with the Ioniq 5 and EV6.
Organizers of the awards have even advanced to the World Electric Vehicle category of the year, which includes the E-Tron GT, the Ionic 5 and the Mercedes EQS. Maybe next year we should have a World Non-Electric Car of the Year category – of course not everyone wants to be or can’t be electric.
I say ‘we’ because chief columnist Mike Rutherford and I are judges at the World Car Awards with 100 journalists from 33 countries. And we have been asked to vote on cars launched on two or more continents last year.
The simple fact is that more electric cars are being introduced than non-electric cars, while many car manufacturers have already stopped building internal combustion engines. That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and enjoy them yet – we will. And we’ll do that for all the fantastic cars, the kind of power they use.
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