Article By Richard Aucock

Volkswagen ID.4 is World Car of the Year 2021

The Volkswagen ID.4 EV SUV has scooped the top car prize of 2021 after being named World Car of the Year

The Volkswagen ID.4 EV SUV has been named World Car of the Year 2021 – the first major award for VW’s new global electric car, and arguably the most important.

The World Car Awards organisation is the largest automotive awards initiative on the planet. 93 jurors have spent months voting throughout the pandemic to select the winners.

From a longlist of 24 cars, a shortlist of three models was arrived at – and all of them were electrified: Honda e, Toyota Yaris and the Volkswagen ID.4.

By a clear margin, the ID.4 EV SUV came out ahead, winning the most votes from motoring journalists across 24 countries.

“We are particularly pleased about our ID.4 being named World Car of the Year”, said Ralf Brandstatter, CEO of Volkswagen passenger cars. “Not only because it is one of the most important car awards in the world - but because the jury also honoured a great idea and a great team.

“A convincing car, a great idea - and the World Car of the Year award? That goes well together for us!”

Rules dictate cars eligible for World Car of the Year must be offered in at least two continents, and made in volumes of at least 10,000 a year.

The ID.4 easily qualifies: in 2021 alone, Volkswagen plans to deliver around 150,000 cars…

There was another pure electric winner of the 2021 World Car Awards too: although it didn’t take the overall prize, the innovative Honda e did scoop the World Urban Car of the year award.

The Honda e again came out ahead of the Toyota Yaris and another hybrid-engined rival, the latest Honda Jazz.

Honda’s Koji Watanabe said the firm was “proud to receive this prestigious award from the World Car Awards organisation.

“We have strived to create new value through products like Honda e, and it is rewarding to see those efforts recognised. We aim to be a company which society wants to exist, and awards like this only strengthen our commitment to provide joy to our customers for years to come.”

As in previous years, KPMG tabulated the votes from jurors – which for 2021 included JGEV’s Richard Aucock.

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