Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Taigun nominated for the 2022 World Car Awards

The Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Volkswagen Taigun have all made it to the 2022 World Car Finals in their respective categories. The Ioniq 5 has been nominated in three different categories, the EV6 in two, and the Taigun in one. 

The Ioniq 5 and EV6 will compete with each other in two different categories: Car of the Year and Car Design of the Year. Although both EVs are built on the same technology (Electric-Global Modular Platform), the EV6 didn’t make it to the final third tier of the EV of the Year category.

Similarly, Volkswagen’s India-made compact SUV–the Taigun–has been shortlisted for the World Urban Car category alongside the Opel Mokka and Toyota Yaris Cross.

The winners in all six categories will be declared live at the 2022 New York International Auto Show on April 13.

A jury of 102 distinguished international automotive journalists from 33 countries selected the finalists via a secret ballot.  

Ioniq 5

Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 has become a finalist in three categories (out of six) of the 2022 World Car Awards: Car of the Year, EV of the Year, and Car Design of the Year.

Since the revelation of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, in early 2021, the EV has been creating a buzz around the world, largely on account of its Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) technology, eco-friendly interiors, ultra-fast charging capability, and vehicle-to-load (V2L) feature. 

Worldwide, the Ioniq 5 has won some prestigious awards such as The IDEA Award 2021, German Car of the Year (GCOTY) 2022, and Best Cars of the Year (COTY) 2021, among others.

The EV, launched in Nepal in February this year, comes in two variants: the GLS Solar Roof and the GLS Vision Roof, at a price of Rs 80.96 lakh and Rs 81.96 lakh.

Kia EV6

The EV6, Kia’s first EV built on its Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), bagged the European Car of the Year and the Red Dot Award in 2022. Furthermore, the premium EV has made it to the top three in two World Car Award categories: Car of the Year and Car design of the Year.

The EV6 lineup offers two zero-emission powertrain configurations, including long-range (77.4 kWh) and standard-range (58.0 kWh) high-voltage battery packs. The EV6 has a class-leading interior space, a highly impressive 528km driving range, and 800V ultra-fast charging capabilities owing to which the vehicle charges from 10-80 percent in just 18 minutes.

The Kia EV6 has yet to make an appearance in Nepal, but fans expect it to launch within April.

Volkswagen Taigun

Volkswagen’s Taigun has made it to the top three of the World Car Awards in the World Urban Car category. The made-in-India compact SUV, built on the MQB A0 IN platform, is exported to 30 different countries. The SUV is badged as the VW T-Roc in Latin America, with Mexico being the largest market.

The Taigun is offered in two engine options: a 1.0L TSI and a 1.5L TSI EVO with ACT, which will be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission or DSG.

The Taigun, powered by a 1.0L turbocharged engine, was launched in Nepal in October last year. The SUV comes in three variants: Comfortline, Highline, and Topline, at a starting price of Rs 51.90 lakh.

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