2021 World Car of the Year has been announced and it's electric
That's right, an EV has taken the crown.
The car crowned 2021 World Car of the Year is the Volkswagen ID.4 and was voted for by a panel of 93 judges.
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These judges are all international journalists from 28 countries around the world and they all settled for the ID.4 - VW's latest family EV. In order to qualify for 'World Car of the Year', vehicles must be produced in volumes of at least 10,000 units per 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.
However, this award isn't something new for VW as this is actually the fourth WCOTY they have won. Previous winners include the Golf (2009,2013), the UP! (2012), and the Polo in 2010.
VW CEO Ralf Brandstatter said, "We are particularly pleased about our ID.4 being named World Car of the Year. The first ID Model for the key markets of Europe, China and the US carries our electric offensive around the world. A convincing car, a great idea - and the World Car of the Year award."
Behind the crowned ID.4 stood the Honda e and Toyota Yaris in second and third respectively. It is no surprise the VW took the lead however, as it has a spacious interior, upgraded technology, good exterior looks, a respectable range of 310 miles, and a reasonable starting price of £37,800.