Hyundai Motor Company’s acclaimed IONIQ 6 Electrified Streamliner has won the prestigious World Car of the Year, World Electric Vehicle and World Car Design of the Year prizes, lauded by an international jury for its unique aerodynamic design and outstanding all-electric range.
The World Car Awards were revealed at a ceremony held at the New York International Auto Show this week after a jury of 100 automotive journalists from 32 countries chose the IONIQ 6 from the top three finalists, all launched in 2022.
This is Hyundai’s second straight triple honours at the World Car Awards. Last year, the jury chose the IONIQ 5 as the winner in the same categories.
“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious honour two years in a row, which recognizes the tremendous talents and unrelenting efforts of everyone at Hyundai Motor Company to bring EVs like IONIQ 6 to market,” said Jaehoon Chang, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company. “This honour reinforces our commitment to be a global leader in vehicle electrification and will serve to embolden our efforts as a smart mobility solutions provider.”
SangYup Lee, executive vice president and head of the Hyundai Global Design Centre, said: “We always want to connect with customers on an emotional level and with the design of the IONIQ 6 we have created truly one of a kind.
“The daring streamliner styling combines strong emotional appeal with aerodynamic efficiency to give exceptional range. Inside, we set out to create a personal studio that offers the mindful space and calm functionality which, we believe, elevates EV design.”
The IONIQ 6 is the second model in Hyundai’s dedicated all-electric IONIQ brand range. It takes full advantage of a bespoke Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) architecture to offer 800-V, ultra-fast charging capabilities for a 10% to 80% percent charge in just 18 minutes, and a spacious interior.
With an ultra-low drag coefficient of just 0,21, the IONIQ 6 is one of the most aerodynamic and energy efficient EVs on the market. The Electrified Streamliner’s WLTP rated range on a single charge is 614 km. The standard 2WD model with 18-inch tire achieves WLTP-rated energy consumption of 13,9 kWh/100 km.
The IONIQ 6’s many features include Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) technology, driver assistance systems and advanced connectivity with over-the-air (OTA) software updates that offer the ultimate in-car experience. The spacious and ergonomic interior takes full advantage of the elongated 2 950 mm wheelbase to provide an array of empowering features, such as Dual Color Ambient Lighting, Speed Sync Lighting, EV Performance Tune-up and Electric Active Sound Design (e-ASD), to enhance the electric mobility experience.
This year, the World Car Awards jury also named SangYup Lee as the 2023 World Car Person of the Year for his vital contribution to the most stunning and innovative concept and production cars unveiled in 2022, including Hyundai the IONIQ 6, the all-new KONA and the N Vision 74 rolling lab.
In addition, the IONIQ 6 has won prestigious awards during the past few months as it’s been named Saloon of the Year at the 2023 GQ Car Awards and New Car of the Year hosted by Le Guide de l’auto. It also achieved a five-star safety rating and Best in Class selection for the Large Family Car category in the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
Winning the World Car Awards this year will help the IONIQ brand to energize Hyundai Motor’s efforts to accelerate its electrification strategy and become the world’s leading EV maker. Hyundai Motor plans to introduce 17 new BEV models by 2030, including Genesis luxury brand models, and aims to boost annual global BEV sales to 1,87 million units by 2030.
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