The World Car of the Year 2021 has been named as the Volkswagen ID.4. The jury of 90+ motoring journalists from over 20 countries around the globe judged the cars for the 17th annual event, choosing the all-electric VW SUV above other finalists the Honda E and the Toyota Yaris.
It’s quite a coup for VW as this is very much their global vehicle, sitting on the brand’s new MEB platform, and this is considered to be the motor industry’s most prestigious award.
As you can imagine, VW are uber-chuffed: “We are particularly pleased about our ID.4 being named World Car of the Year”, says Ralf Brandstätter, 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. The first ID. Model for the key markets of Europe, China and the U.S. carries our electric offensive around the world. A convincing car, a great idea – and the World Car of the Year award? That goes well together for us!”
Vehicles that are eligible for the World Car of the Year award must be manufactured in at least 10,000 units per year and be offered on at least two continents.
Lots of awards have been handed out by the Car of the World team, including the Design of the Year going to Land Rover Defender’s 2021 model. Really? The best-designed car of the year? Really?!! Oh well, what do we know?
Congratulations to VW, though.