Leatherhead, 21 February 2023 – Hyundai has picked up another prestigious honour for its ever-growing trophy cabinet as the new, all-electric IONIQ 6 was crowned ‘Saloon of the Year’ at the 2023 GQ Car Awards in association with Michelin.
The annual awards seek to identify the world’s finest vehicles, and this year the changing landscape of the car industry was reflected as British GQ decided that all the winners should feature some form of electrification. The expert team of judges said their aim was to recognise models that are “inspiring, have integrity and get pulses racing.”
The Hyundai IONIQ 6 emerged as the number one choice in the hotly contested ‘Saloon of the Year’ category, with the judges particularly impressed by the model’s unique Streamliner design.
British GQ said: “From hotter-than-the-sun hatches and sensational SUVs to elegant EVs and killer concepts, everyone knows Hyundai's ambitious design team are having a moment, and the IONIQ 6 continues the brand’s remarkable run. Their latest offering is a four-door ‘Streamliner’ saloon, inspired by the late Art Deco exploration into functional efficiency that showcases the South Koreans’ sleek statement styling, offering distinctive and daring architecture with a futuristic, high-tech, pure-electric twist.”
SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Design, said: “On behalf of the Global Design team at Hyundai, I would like to thank British GQ for honouring the IONIQ 6 with the award for Saloon of the Year. We always want to connect with customers on an emotional level and with the design of the IONIQ 6 we have created truly one of a kind. The daring streamliner styling combines strong emotional appeal with aerodynamic efficiency helping to give exceptional range. Inside, we set-out to create a personal studio which offers mindful space and calm functionality which, we believe, elevates EV design.”
The IONIQ 6 is based on the same Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) as the 2022 World Car of the Year, the IONIQ 5, and has attracted a hugely positive response since it was unveiled last year. Orders for the IONIQ 6 opened in November, with prices starting at £46,475 and first deliveries due to begin shortly.
Customers have a choice of either a rear-wheel drive powertrain offering 228PS and 350Nm or an all-wheel drive powertrain with 325PS and 605Nm. All models feature the long range 77.4 kWh battery, with the E-GMP platform’s standard 800v charging system providing 350kW ultra-fast charger compatibility, and generously equipped Premium and Ultimate trim lines are available. The IONIQ 6 also has impeccable safety credentials, with the European New Car Assessment Programme awarding it ‘Best in Class’ in the ‘Large Family Car’ category.
The recognition from British GQ continues an impressive start to 2023 by Hyundai. In January, the IONIQ 5 was named Large Electric Car of the Year by SME fleet specialist Company Car & Van, while the i20 N was named ‘Hot Hatch of the Year’ and the SANTA FE SUV ‘Seven-seater of the Year’ and ‘Best Plug-in Hybrid for Big Families’ at the What Car? Awards.
Ashley Andrew, Managing Director of Hyundai Motor UK, said: “Everyone at Hyundai UK is delighted with this award for the IONIQ 6 from one of the world’s leading luxury and style publications. The car offers a unique combination of sophisticated Streamliner styling and long-distance EV performance and has been very well received by both the media and customers alike. We are extremely confident that it will build on the fantastic success of the ground-breaking IONIQ 5 and contribute to another outstanding year for Hyundai in the UK.”
A full feature on all the winners of the 2023 GQ Car Awards in association with Michelin will appear in the March issue of British GQ.
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About Hyundai Motor
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.
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 3.6 per cent market share in 2020 (ACEA data).
About Hyundai Motor UK
Hyundai has sold vehicles in the UK since 1982. In 2005, Hyundai opened its own UK subsidiary, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, which is now based in Leatherhead, Surrey. 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 the Company’s line-up is now available as an electrified version, and the company plans to electrify its entire range by 2025. Furthermore, Hyundai is a pioneer in zero-emission mobility, including its fully electric 300-mile range Kona Electric, its second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle NEXO, and the multi award winning IONIQ 5, the first model in its new IONIQ line-up brand. All passenger cars come with Hyundai’s unique Five-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package, providing customers with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks. The High Voltage battery warranty is 8 years or 100,000 miles.
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