Kia EV9 Claims Top Honors as 2024 World Car of the Year and Best Electric Car at New York Auto Show

The Hyundai Group has a strong hold on winning prestigious vehicle awards, especially in the electric vehicle category. In 2020, Kia took home multiple awards at the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) competition, such as the overall title with the Telluride, World Performance Car with the EV6 GT, and World Urban Car with the Kia Soul EV. However, in 2021, the Hyundai Group did not win any awards. This changed in 2022 when the Hyundai Ioniq 5 won the World Car of the Year, World Electric Vehicle, and World Car Design of the Year awards, followed by the Hyundai Ioniq 6 winning the same awards in 2023. Kia made a strong comeback in 2024 with the new EV9 winning the WCOTY award and World Electric Vehicle titles, while the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N claimed victory in both performance and luxury categories.

A panel of one hundred automotive journalists from 29 countries tested 38 vehicles to determine the winners. To be eligible for entry, a car must have an annual production exceeding 10,000 units, be available in at least two major global markets, and be priced lower than luxury options in their region. The EV9 beat out competitors like the BYD Seal and Volvo EX30 to win

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