Perhaps one of the most highly-coveted awards in the automotive world would be the World Car of the Year. With a jury consisting of 93 automotive journalists from 55 countries, no other automotive award is as globally significant as this. This year’s winner? It’s the Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover SUV, which is part of Volkswagen Philippines’ future plans of offering electric vehicles (EV) in our market.
Ralf Brandstätter, CEO Volkswagen Cars: “We are particularly pleased about our ID.4 being named “World Car of the Year”. Not only because it is one of the most important car awards in the world – but because the jury also honored a great idea and a great team. The first ID. Model for the key markets of Europe, China and the U.S. carries our electric offensive around the world. A convincing car, a great idea – and the “World Car of the Year” award? That goes well together for us!”
This is the fifth World Car of the Year (WCOTY) win for Volkswagen AG. Previous WCOTY wins were as follows:
- 2013 World Car of the Year – Volkswagen Golf VII
- 2012 World Car of the Year – Volkswagen UP!
- 2010 World Car of the Year – Volkswagen Polo
- 2009 World Car of the Year – Volkswagen Golf VI
This year’s winner was chosen from an initial entry list of 24 vehicles from all over the world, then a shortlist of three finalists was announced on March 30, 2021. The top three in the World finalists for 2021 are the Honda e, the Toyota Yaris, and the Volkswagen ID.4. For the first time ever, electrified vehicles dominated the list of finalists.
Vehicles eligible for the World Car of the Year award must be produced in volumes of at least 10,000 units/year, must be priced below the luxury-car level in their primary markets, and must be “on-sale” in at least two major markets, on at least two separate continents, between May 1, 2020, and May 1, 2021.
The Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover became popular to American consumers when it was launched first in the North American market. As a matter of fact, the US$43,995 1st Edition model immediately sold out, even beating the reservation numbers of the entry-level variants.
Two variants are on offer for the ID.4, a base 201-hp and 309 Nm version that drives the rear wheels and comes with an 82 kWh battery pack that’s food for 402 km. The range-topping model produces 302 hp which will be released later this year, though no battery sizes and range were revealed yet for this model.
The rest of the winners for this year’s World Car Awards include the recently-unveiled all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Due to its benchmark luxury and innovative technologies, the S-Class is this year’s World Luxury Car. The all-new Porsche 911 Turbo, with its wicked performance and excellent road manners, made it this year’s World Performance Car. The charming Honda e, with its trendy styling, ginormous screens, and digital rearview mirrors, made it this year’s World Urban Car awardee. Lastly, due to its iconic design that fuses both modern and traditional, the all-new Land Rover Defender is this year’s World Car Design awardee.