Like all events as of late, the annual World Car Awards ceremony was supposed to happen at the New York Auto Show, butwas cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
But that didn’t stop them from announcing the winners for the 2020 awards, which saw two electric vehicles (EVs) take center stage.
The Porsche Taycan took home the 2020 World Luxury Car and 2020 World Performance Car awards. Porsche is no stranger to Performance Car award, having won it in 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2006.
In fact, Porsche took the top 3 spots for the Performance Car award this year, with the Porsche 911 and Porsche 718 in second and third place respectively.
According to the World Car Awards, “vehicles were selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprising 86 prominent automotive journalists from 24 countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulated the jurors’ ballots.”
Another EV took home a World Car Award this year. The Kia Soul EV was named the 2020 World Urban Car. Rounding out the top three for the award were the Mini Cooper EV and Volkswagen T-Cross.
It is interesting to note that no Tesla vehicle made the list of eligible vehicles for any of the awards at the World Car Awards. In fact, since the World Car Awards started in 2005, only one Tesla vehicle has ever won an award.
That distinction goes to the Model S, which was the Green Car of the Year in 2013. This was the first year the World Car Awards did not have a Green Car of the Year award category.
While no Tesla won an award, it is great to see EVs becoming much more mainstream and getting the recognition they deserve. We noted earlier this week, and Kelley Blue Book agreed, the perception of EVs has changed considerably as of late, as they are now being seen as better choices when shopping for a new car.