The Hyundai Ioniq 5 was the big winner in this year's World Car Awards. The electric hatchback won three categories, including the prestigious title of 2022 World Car of the Year.
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"The pace of change at Hyundai will continue unabated through the rest of 2022 as we will soon be adding to our award-winning IONIQ range," said Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company, about the award.
The third victory for the Ioniq 5 was in the World Car Design category. It won against the Audi E-Tron GT and Kia EV6.
"We are truly honored to receive these prestigious awards, which recognize the talent and hard work of all our people and business partners at Hyundai Motor Company," said Chang.
Hyundai is preparing to expand the Ioniq 5 range with the introduction of a performance-focused N variant. Spy shots indicate that the sporty model has more aggressive tires, larger brakes, and a lower ride height. The output is still a mystery, but the Kia EV6 on the same platform is available with up to 576 horsepower (430 kilowatts).
"Our big goal with the Audi E-Tron GT was to reimagine the Gran Turismo philosophy for the electric age," said Christiane Zorn, Head of Product Marketing at Audi.
The Toyota Yaris Cross took victory in the World Urban Car class. The model won against the Opel Mokka and Volkswagen Taigun.