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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Wins Women’s World Car of the Year

2017.11.15 00:00:00 No. 15593
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Wins Women’s World Car of the Year
  • - Supreme Award is top honor given by all-female panel of 25 judges 
  • - Ioniq also wins WWCOTY Green Car category
  • - Called a “standout” among more than 400 models considered for WWCOTY Awards 

November 15, 2017 – The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq, Hyundai Motor’s innovative model that offers three electrified powertrains, earned the Women’s World Car of the Year Supreme Award – the top prize given by the all-female jury comprised of respected international automotive journalists. Jurors called Ioniq a “clear winner” among more than 400 initial contenders, and also awarded the vehicle the top honor in the competitive Green Car category.


The Ioniq is the first eco-focused vehicle platform in the world to offer Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric models. Hyundai’s approach for the Ioniq line delivers an uncompromising design and driving experience coupled with the latest in safety and convenience technologies, making it an appealing choice for a wide range of buyers. For the awards competition, all three Ioniq variants were considered and treated as one car for voting purposes.


“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,” said Sandy Myhre, CEO, 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.”


The jurors called Ioniq “a clear winner” and a “standout” especially in a year of extremely tight competition.  “Ioniq was designed for drivers who appreciate all forms of sustainable powertrain options and represents a significant step forward for eco-friendly driving,” said ByungKwon Rhim, Executive Vice President & COO, Hyundai Motor. “Earning the unique honor of the Supreme Award from the judges of the Women’s World Car of the Year demonstrates that Ioniq has achieved a new benchmark for performance in an environmentally friendly package.” 


Ioniq also earned the 2017 Green Good Design Award™ from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and has been named a Green Car of the Year® finalist by the Green Car Journal.


Women's World Car of the Year is unique world-wide. It is the only automotive award voted on exclusively by women. Judges in the WWCOTY awards are not voting for "a woman's car". Rather, they vote as experienced journalists and assess cars accordingly. They do, however, take into account what they think women would like to buy. This difference makes the Women’s World Car of the Year Supreme Award one of the most unique in the industry.



Judges for the Women’s World Car of the Year Awards nominate their preferences. This year 420 cars were on the first nomination list, whittled down to the top 60. Judges then vote on those cars by allocating points. Voting is by secret ballot and audited by international accountancy company, Grant Thornton, from their Auckland (NZ) office. 

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