Offenbach, 25 November 2021 – Just half a year after its launch in the German market, Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 has been named 2022 ‘German Car of the Year’ (GCOTY). In the final round of the notable award, the fully-electric midsize CUV prevailed over its world-class competitors.
At the GCOTY awards, the top car model launches of the year compete against one another in five categories: “Compact”, “Premium”, “Luxury”, “New Energy”, and “Performance”. An internationally networked jury of 20 automotive journalists tests and evaluates each product in terms of product features, relevance, and future viability. As the class winner in the “New Energy” category, IONIQ 5 automatically took place – and consequently won – in the final round.
“The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is not just a standout electric car. To us, it’s this year’s top model,” says Jens Meiners, initiator and jury member of the ‘German Car of the Year’. “IONIQ 5’s unique combination of design, efficiency, and driving pleasure helped the car earn above-average scores across all criteria without showing any weak spots. In our eyes, IONIQ 5’s operating concept and battery technology are ground-breaking. And although it is the 2022 ‘German Car of the Year’, IONIQ 5 definitely has global appeal.”
“IONIQ 5 receiving this award in such a highly competitive environment proves that we have succeeded in creating an exceptional vehicle that stands out among its competitors in the European automotive market,” says Michael Cole, President and CEO at Hyundai Motor Europe. “Additionally, this victory shows that battery electric vehicles are becoming more relevant for our customers in Europe. The IONIQ 5 currently is the leading model in our electrification strategy and further driving Hyundai’s vision of zero-emission mobility.”
Hyundai IONIQ 5: A new era of electric mobility
IONIQ 5 is the first model in Hyundai’s new IONIQ line-up brand. IONIQ 5 is built on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), Hyundai Motor Group’s platform dedicated to battery electric vehicles. Customers can select between two battery pack options – 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh – and all-wheel or rear-wheel drive. The rear-wheel drive and 72.6-kWh version features a maximum driving range of 481 kilometres on a single charge, according to WLTP.
IONIQ 5 delivers a powerful performance and ultra-fast charging. Thanks to its 800V charging technology, both battery pack options can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes at fast-charging stations. Customers can use the Vehicle to Load (V2L) technology to charge any electronic device while driving or parked, such as laptops or e-scooters.
On top of its wide range of drive options, IONIQ 5 also offers an extraordinary interior. The natural materials underline the vehicle’s sustainable character. Electrically adjustable front seats can recline to an optimal ergonomic angle, offering front-seat passengers a weightless feeling and support for their lower legs. The well-connected BEV is equipped with 12-inch screens for the cockpit and the infotainment system. The centre console and the rear seat can slide to allow customers to use the interior space even more flexibly. IONIQ 5 can also tow trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 1,600 kilogrammes.
Photo caption: (left to right) Jürgen Keller, Managing Director Hyundai Motor Deutschland GmbH; Michael Cole, President & CEO Hyundai Motor Europe
Disclaimer: The vehicle specifications and features in this press release may vary depending on country/region.
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About Hyundai Motor Europe HQ
Hyundai Motor Europe HQ was formally established in 2000 with its main office in Offenbach, Germany. It is the regional headquarter responsible for over 40 markets with more than 3,000 outlets, taking a 3.6 per cent market share in 2020 (ACEA data). 75 per cent of the vehicles Hyundai sold in the region are models designed, engineered, tested and built in Europe to meet the needs of European customers, served by the company’s extensive European infrastructure. This includes two factories primarily serving Europe: in the Czech Republic and Turkey.
As of January 2021, Hyundai has one of the youngest product ranges of any manufacturer, with almost all models younger than 1 ½ years old. More than 75 per cent of Hyundai’s line-up in Europe is now available as an electrified version, and the company plans to electrify its entire European line-up by 2025. Furthermore, Hyundai is a pioneer in zero-emission mobility, including its fully-electric subcompact SUV KONA Electric, its second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle NEXO, and the recently-launched battery-electric IONIQ 5, the first model in its new IONIQ line-up brand. In 2020, more than 13 per cent of Hyundai cars sold in Europe, or nearly 60,000 units, were zero-emission vehicles, making Hyundai one of the leading manufacturers in terms of fleet share as well as total sales of zero-emission vehicles in Europe.
Hyundai offers its unique Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package with all new cars sold in the region, providing customers with a five-year warranty with no mileage limit, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.
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About Hyundai Motor Company
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is present in over 200 countries with more than 120,000 employees dedicated to tackling real-world mobility challenges around the globe. Based on the brand vision ‘Progress for Humanity,' Hyundai Motor is accelerating its transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider. The company invests in advanced technologies such as robotics and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to bring about revolutionary mobility solutions, while pursuing open innovation to introduce future mobility services. In pursuit of sustainable future for the world, Hyundai will continue its efforts to introduce zero emission vehicles equipped with industry-leading hydrogen fuel cell and EV technologies.
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