Kia EV9 Claims Top Honors as 2024 World Car of the Year and Best Electric Car at New York Auto Show

The Hyundai Group has won numerous prestigious vehicle awards, especially in the electric vehicle category. In 2020, Kia took home multiple awards at the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) competition, including the overall title with the Telluride, World Performance Car with the EV6 GT, and World Urban Car with the Kia Soul EV. However, in 2021, the Hyundai Group did not win any awards. This changed in 2022 when the Hyundai Ioniq 5 won the WCOTY, World Electric Vehicle, and World Car Design of the Year awards. In 2023, it was followed by Hyundai Ioniq 6 winning those same awards.

Kia made a strong comeback in 2024 with its new EV9 winning both the WCOTY and World Electric Vehicle titles. The BMW i5 and Volvo EX30 were also contenders for these titles but fell short to Kia’s EV9. The BMW 5 Series and i5 took home the World Luxury Car title while EX30 won the World Urban Car award.

One of the biggest surprises of this year was Toyota Prius winning both WCOTY and WCDOTY awards. Prius is a global hybrid icon that was celebrated for its exceptional design that beat out 70 other entries including Ford Bronco and Ferrari Purosangue.

A panel of one hundred automotive journalists from 29 countries tested 38 vehicles to determine these winners. To be eligible for entry, a car must have an annual production exceeding 10,000 units, be available in at least two major global markets, and be priced lower than luxury options in their region. Each car was put through rigorous testing to see how they perform on different roads and tracks

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