Honda e a retro compact electric
Beats two other electrics and two gas models for 2021 award
The Honda e has become the first Japanese car to win the German Car of the Year award, taking home the 2021 trophy as part of a growing list of accolades for the compact electric vehicle.
The e is Honda’s first EV for Europe (also sold in Japan) that’s the production version of what was the Urban EV concept launched in 2017. An adorable retro model that calls back to the first generation of the Honda Civic launched way back in 1973, but that is also loaded with tech like TV camera mirrors and has uses the tiny electric powertrain to give it a turning circle that’s one of the tightest in the business.
The German Car of the Year awards are given out by a team of some of the most prominent automotive journalists in that country. The e was picked the winner of its class, the New Energy class, but as a finalist, it was also up against some serious competition. Other class winners were the Volkswagen Golf in the Compact category, the ID.3 in the Premium category, Polestar 2 for Luxury and the BMW Alpina B3 in Performance.
“For Honda e to be the first Japanese car to be awarded German Car of the Year is a great honour and one we are incredibly proud to receive”, added Katsuhisa Okuda, CO & President of Honda Motor Europe. “Customer and media response to the Honda e since it was first unveiled has been overwhelmingly positive. The Honda e is a perfect example of a product with a unique design, featuring cutting-edge technology and advanced intelligent connectivity to keep owners connected with their everyday life. We are very thankful for this award.”
It’s not unheard of for a non-German vehicle to win the award (Jaguar’s I-Pace took it in 2018), but it is uncommon.