Electric Vehicles came out on top at the 2017 Women’s World Car of the Year Awards, with the Hyundai Ioniq picking up the supreme award – the first time that an electric vehicle won the category.
The Women’s World Car of the Year awards are voted on by an all-female judging panel of 25 established motoring writers from 20 different countries, including New Zealand’s Sandy Myhre and Jacqui Madelin. They are the only car awards in the world voted entirely by women.
The Ioniq was a clear winner according to the judges, and the car understandably also went on to pick up the award in the Green Car category.
“It’s great to see the Ioniq deservedly pick up the supreme award – we feel that it is a clear validation of the investment that manufacturers are making in the electric vehicle space,” said Dee West, speaking on behalf of ChargeNet NZ.
“This is not just a great win for Hyundai, but a win for the electric vehicle sector as a whole, and we’re excited by the undeniable consumer appetite for EVs in New Zealand and around the world.”
The awards saw 420 cars nominated before being whittled down to the top 60.
According to Sandy Myhre, CEO of the Women’s World Car of the Year, “the car that wins the Supreme award has gone through a rigorous test by 25 judges from 20 different countries who are on the panel of Women’s World Car of the Year.”
“It’s a democratic process and cars that have won categories and the supreme winner really have to stand out.”
This was the eighth edition of the Women’s World Car of the Year Awards.
Previous Supreme Award Winners
- 2016:Jaguar F-Pace
- 2015:Volvo XC90
- 2014:Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- 2013:Ford Fiesta Ecoboost
- 2012Range Rover Evoque
- 2011:BMW 5 Series and Citroën DS3 (tie)
- 2010: Jaguar XF