The Women’s World Car of the Year is the world’s only all-female car awards initiative – and for 2017, it has voted the Hyundai Ioniq as the Supreme Award winner; 25 female judges rank it the best new car of the year.
The Ioniq was eligible for the Supreme Award because it won the WWCOTY green award category, one of six categories judges vote on. The others are budget car, family car, SUV, luxury car and performance car.
“It’s a democratic process,” said CEO of WWCOTY, Sandy Myhre, “and cars that have won categories and the supreme winner really have to stand out”.
The Ioniq is Hyundai’s green-focused model line, offered in three different guises – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric. For the purposes of judging, all three variants were treated as one car.
“The Women’s World Car of the Year award once again proves that the world’s first car offering hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric powertrains in a single body type is a real champion,” said Hyundai Motor Europe exec Andreas-Christoph Hofmann.
It’s quite a significant win for Hyundai, reckons the firm: a total of 420 cars were originally nominated for the 2017 Women’s World Car of the Year awards, before a panel narrowed them down to 60. A secret ballot helped determine the overall victors, under the careful watch of auditors Grant Thornton.
The latest trophy makes the Ioniq one of the most ‘winningest’ eco cars yet launched, added Hofmann. Although it still has some way to go before it topples the world’s most popular eco car of all, the Toyota Prius…