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Kia Telluride Is The 2020 World Car Of The Year; Porsche Taycan, Mazda3, Kia Soul Also Win Big!

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April 14, 2020 at 11:48 AM

And it was for the first time in the awards’ 16 year history that they were announced online, rather than at the New York Auto Show, after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, forced the event to be postponed. Here is the list of all the winners and the points tally of each category.

So the moment that you have been all waiting for the past 8 months has finally arrived. The World Car Awards for 2020, were announced through digital media, after the organizers respected the need of the hour, owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The voting and selection for winners from various categories for the 2020 World Car Awards, began in September 2019. After the tabulation of votes by KPMG from 86 journalists across 24 countries in the world, the winners have been finally chosen from among the finalists that were announced earlier. Here is the complete list of all the winners in the 5 categories of the 2020 awards and the points they scored.

2020 World Urban Car of the Year

First introduced in 2017, the World Urban Car of the Year award was conceived to acknowledge the cars that are the most-selling, accessible, high on value and logical out there.

2020 Kia Soul EV

Initially, a total of 8 cars were selected as part of the nominees from where 3 finalists were chosen and declared at the 2020 New Delhi Auto Expo. The 3 finalists that made the cut included the 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross, 2020 Mini Electric, and the 2020 Kia Soul EV.

Model

Occupant
Environment

Performance

Value

Safety

Environment

Market
Significance

Emotional
Appeal

Innovation

SCORE

Kia Soul EV

7.3

7.5

7.0

7.4

8.8

7.2

7.1

7.8

751

MINI Cooper SE Electric

5.6

5.7

5.1

5.9

6.7

5.3

6.0

5.8

574

Peugeot 208

5.5

5.6

5.7

5.7

5.7

5.8

6.0

5.9

573

Renault Clio

5.5

5.3

5.4

5.7

5.3

5.4

5.1

4.8

532

Volkswagen T-Cross

7.0

6.7

7.3

7.6

7.0

7.4

6.6

6.4

702

After the results from the votes of the 86 jurors were combined, the 2020 Kia Soul EV, emerged as the winner of the 2020 World Urban Car of the Year award. It managed to get a score of 751, followed by the VW that scored 702 and the Mini with 574.

2020 World Car Design of the Year

An award that a lot of automotive enthusiasts and design fanatics look up to, the nominees for the 2020 World Car Design of the Year were cars, featuring some amazing design languages. These cars would make your heads turn around and take notice, just because of their outstanding designs.

2020 Mazda3

Unlike the 86 member panel that decided the winners of the other 4 categories, this award was given by a panel consisting of 7 of the most respected and reputable designers in the world. The panel consisted of Anne Asensio (France - Vice-President, Design - Dassault Systemes), Gernot Bracht (Germany - Pforzheim Design School), Ian Callum (United Kingdom – Director of Design, CALLUM), Patrick le Quément (France - Designer and President of the Strategy Committee - The Sustainable Design School), Tom Matano (USA - School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco), Gordon Murray (U.K. - Gordon Murray Design) and Shiro Nakamura (Japan - CEO, Shiro Nakamura Design Associates Inc.).

Model

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

SCORE

Alpine A110S

45

8

39

26

11

129

Mazda CX-30

10

36

27 

24

18

115

Mazda3

60

72

33

10

4

179

Peugeot 208

35

52

30

18

9

144

Porsche Taycan

100

32

21

18

6

177

The contenders were selected from among the cars that were nominated in the other 4 award categories and out of those cars, 3 were finally selected by this elite panel. The 3 finalists that came out included the 2020 Porsche Taycan, 2020 Mazda3, and the 2020 Peugeot 208.

After the compilation of scores, the Mazda3 managed to steal the victory away from the Porsche Taycan by just 2 points. The Mazda3 ended with a final score of 179 points. While the Porsche finished with 177. The Peugeot was a distant third, with 144 points.

2020 World Luxury Car of the Year

An award that a lot of CEOs and Entrepreneurs look up to, the 2020 awards managed to throw up quite a big surprise. The 86 member jury of the WCA was given the responsibility to decide the winner in the category that included finalists like the BMW X5, BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Porsche 911, and the Porsche Taycan.

2020 Porsche Taycan

Usually, this category of awards has been dominated by Jaguar, Mercedes, and Audi. However, it was the Porsche Taycan that took this award by storm after a dominating score of 846. This was the first time that the Stuttgart based manufacturer, got an award in this category. 

Model

Occupant
Environment

Performance

Value

Safety

Environment

Market
Significance

Emotional
Appeal

Innovation

SCORE

BMW X5

7.9

7.8

6.8

8.2

6.3

7.1

7.1

7.0

741

BMW X7

8.3

7.6

6.6

8.3

6.0

6.9

7.1

7.2

743

Mercedes-Benz EQC

8.1

7.6

6.5

8.3

9.0

7.1

7.1

8.1

778

Porsche 911

7.9

9.1

7.1

7.8

6.4

7.3

9.0

7.7

786

Porsche Taycan

8.5

9.3

6.6

8.2

7.9

8.8

8.8

8.9

846

The 992 Porsche 911 came in a distant second with a score of 786, followed closely by the Mercedes-Benz EQC. The X7 and the X5, filled in the 4th and 5th positions, respectively. 

2020 World Performance Car of the Year

A category that is a fan-favorite among motorheads/gearheads across the world, the World Performance Car of the Year award recognizes cars that incorporate both performance and driving pleasure.

2020 Porsche Taycan

The top-5 finalists for this award included the likes of the BMW M8, Porsche 718, Porsche 911, Porsche Taycan, and the Toyota GR Supra. Porsche had dominated this segment quite for a while, having won this award 5 times previously in 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2017. The 911 won this a number of times and was expected to win, this year again. All the 3 Porsches were selected as the Top 3 finalists in this category.

Model

Occupant
Environment

Performance

Value

Safety

Environment

Market
Significance

Emotional
Appeal

Innovation

SCORE

BMW M8

7.8

8.3

6.4

8.1

5.9

6.3

7.9

7.2

750

Porsche 718

7.2

8.8

7.2

7.6

6.4

6.8

8.8

7.2

776

Porsche 911

8.0

9.0

7.1

7.9

6.4

7.6

8.9

7.7

809

Porsche Taycan

8.5

9.2

6.7

8.3

9.0

8.1

8.8

8.9

867

Toyota GR Supra

7.1

8.0

7.5

7.6

6.6

7.1

8.2

7.0

750

For a record 6th time, Porsche did manage to rake in the win but not with the 911. Instead, the 2020 World Performance Car of the Year award was given to the Porsche Taycan. The Taycan, once again, dominated its category with a score of 867, followed by the 911, which scored 809. The GR Supra and the BMW, both scored 750 points but it was the Toyota that went home with the 3rd prize. The 718 managed to round up the list for 2020.

2020 World Car Person of the Year

This award aims to recognize the contributions of a single person in the automotive industry, who managed to take his/her company to new heights and strengths. While there were plenty of outstanding and distinguished gentlemen who were eligible for this award, it was Groupe PSA CEO Carlos Tavares, who was chosen as the winner of this award.

Groupe PSA CEO Carlos Tavares

2020 World Car of the Year

As they say, save the best for last, we have saved the best award for last indeed. The 86 panel jury of the World Car Awards was given the task of choosing the World’s Best Car for 2020 from a total of 29 contenders chosen from across the globe.

2020 Kia Telluride

From these 29, 3 contenders managed to outrun the others as their names were announced at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo. The 3 finalists for the 2020 World Car of the Year included the Mazda duo of the Mazda3 and the CX-30, and Kia Telluride.

Model

Occupant
Environment

Performance

Value

Safety

Environment

Market
Significance

Emotional
Appeal

Innovation

SCORE

Hyundai Sonata

7.5

6.8

7.8

7.7

6.8

6.9

6.7

7.0

721

Kia Soul EV

7.2

7.3

7.1

7.3

8.7

7.1

7.0

7.7

736

Kia Telluride

8.1

7.3

8.1

8.0

6.3

7.6

7.5

7.1

758

Land Rover Range Rover

8.0

7.5

6.6 

7.9

6.5

7.0

8.2

7.1

732

Mazda CX-30

7.4

7.2

7.6

7.7

7.0

7.4

7.6

7.1

738

Mazda3

7.4

7.4

7.6

7.7

7.2

7.0

7.8

7.3

745

Mercedes-Benz CLA

7.6

7.4

6.7

8.1

7.1

6.7

7.5

7.1

723

Volkswagen T-Cross

6.9

6.8

7.2

7.6

7.1

7.4

6.8

6.5

703

After looking at various parameters and numerous permutations and combinations, it was decided that the 2020 Kia Telluride be given the award of the 2020 World Car of the Year. The Kia just managed to take the win away from the Mazda3 with a score difference of just 13.

With that, the 2020 World Car Awards have finally come to a closure. The nominations and selection process for the 2021 World Car Awards will begin on the 26th and 27th of August, 2020, for media personnel at the 2020 New York Auto Show (that has been rescheduled to the 28th of August due to obvious reasons).

Also Read:

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2020 Kia Telluride vs 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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