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World Car of the Year reveal the finalists for 2023

  • EVs are gaining on ICE offerings.

  • The identity of the World Car of the Year will be revealed on April 5th.

  • The reveal will take place at the New York Auto Show.


The New York Auto Show opens its doors in less than a month, which also means that we will soon know the identity of the World Car of the Year.

The organization, regrouping no less than 100 journalists from around the world (32

countries represented), has revealed the finalists for this 2023 edition of the awards surrounding the coveted title. KPMG was also responsible for counting the votes.

The Car of the Year and all the additional category winners will be announced on April 5, during the first press day of the New York Auto Show, the last stop of the season in North America before the summer break.

The 2023 winners will also walk away with a new version of the trophy, redesigned by none other than Ian Callum, a designer who was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2019 for his services to the British automotive industry.

So here, in order, are the finalists still in the running to receive an award in New York in a few weeks.

World Car of the Year

BMW X1/iX1
Hyundai Ioniq 6
Kia Niro

World Electric Vehicle

BMW 7 Series/i7
Hyundai Ioniq 6
Lucid Air

World Luxury Car

BMW 7 Series/i7
Genesis G90
Lucid Air

World Performance Car

Kia EV6 GT
Nissan Z
Toyota GR Corolla

World Urban Car

Citroën C3
ORA Funky Cat/Haomao
Volkswagen Taigo/Nivus

World Car Design

Hyundai Ioniq 6
Land Rover Range Rover
Lucid Air

Unsurprisingly, the electric or electrified offering is becoming increasingly strong in the industry. In fact, of the 18 models still in the running for an award, 12 of them are electric or can be equipped with an electric drivetrain.

The presence of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 in the final three still eligible for the World Car of the Year award could become the talk of the town since last year’s winner was a certain Hyundai Ioniq 5. We’ll see if the charm of the Ioniq 6 sedan was enough to convince the jurors. As for the presence of the Kia Niro in the top three, it guarantees the Hyundai group a second place if the BMW X1 finally runs away with the prize.

We’ll find out soon enough.

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