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Kia, Porsche big winners in 2020 World Car Awards

The 2020 World Car Awards were announced in a low-key manner in deference to the impact of Covid-19

Published: April 8, 2020, 7:00 AM
Updated: April 8, 2020, 3:15 PM

2020 World Car of the Year - Kia Telluride

The annual World Car Awards are normally a high-energy affair on stage at the opening ceremonies for the New York International Auto Show. Given the postponement of the 2020 New York show and in consideration of the devastating worldwide impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year's announcement was limited to digital notification of the winners via e-mail to jurors and press releases and an accompanying live stream discussion of the results on YouTube.

The winners. in each of the five World Car categories are:

2020 World Car Design - Mazda Mazda3 

2020 World Car Design of the Year - 2020 Mazda CX-30

“Before accepting this prize, Mazda Motor Corporation would like to express our sympathy for all of those affected by the novel coronavirus,” said Akira Marumoto, Representative Director, President and CEO, Mazda Motor Corporation. “We are truly honored to be able to receive the World Car Design of the Year award in this special year marking the 100th anniversary of Mazda’s foundation. We will continue providing our customers with unique products, designs, technologies and experiences.”

2020 World Urban Car - Kia Soul EV

2020 World Urban Car - 2020 Kia Soul EV

“It is a great honor for us to see the Soul EV named as World Urban Car,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division at Kia Motors Corporation. “This is one of the hardest-fought competitions in the global automotive industry, proving that the Soul EV is a truly outstanding vehicle for drivers in towns and cities. This accolade is testament to the talents and efforts of a worldwide team, who all strive to create desirable, high-quality and practical cars that drivers love.”

2020 World Performance Car - Porsche Taycan

2020 World Performance Car - Porsche Taycan

“The all-electric Porsche Taycan was designed to be a genuine Porsche, with exceptional performance made to put a smile on the driver’s face, true to our brand. We are proud and honored that the international jury of World Car Awards believes we have succeeded”, said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board, Porsche AG.

2020 World Luxury Car - Porsche Taycan

2020 World Luxury Car - Porsche Taycan

“The Porsche Taycan was designed with a clear purpose: To show that an electric car could provide the performance, driving pleasure and everyday comfort and usability that characterizes every Porsche. We are very proud that the international jury of the World Car Awards believes that we have succeeded”, said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board, Porsche AG.

2020 World Car of the Year - Kia Telluride

2020 World Car of the Year - Kia Telluride

 
“Everyone at Kia is truly honored to receive not just one, but two awards from the World Car Awards judging panel,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division at Kia Motors Corporation. “This is one of the hardest-fought competitions in the global automotive industry, proving that the Telluride and Soul EV are both truly outstanding vehicles. These accolades are testament to the talents and efforts of a worldwide team, who all strive to create desirable, high-quality and practical cars that drivers love.”

2020 marks the 15th year of the World Car Awards partnership with the New York International Auto Show.  The show has been rescheduled until August 28 to September 6, 2020.  The media preview days will take place on August 26th and 27th (credentials required). The World Car Awards will launch its 2021 program at this time.  The launch will include a preliminary list of eligible vehicles for the 2021 season.