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NewsWorld Car of the Year : the three finalists announced in Geneva

World Car of the Year : the three finalists announced in Geneva

  • Will the Kia EV9 win another prize?

  • The Volvo EX30 could cause a surprise.

  • This BYD Seal EV sedan could also turn things around for the Chinese auto industry.


 

The press day from the Geneva International Motor Show was rather quiet for the North American consumer. Apart from these Fiat concepts, the new electric Renault 5 and a few others, such as the Jeep Avenger 4xe – a model that won’t be crossing the Atlantic anyway – the Swiss exhibition was of no interest to the North American motorist.

2024 Kia EV9 | Photo: Kia

However, the presentation of the three finalists for the coveted World Car of the Year award is a little more so, especially as this is a vehicle that is already very popular with the public intrigued by the recent Kia EV9. This 100% electric SUV has already won the title of North American SUV of the Year (NACTOY). Will it be able to gain one more title? We’ll find out soon enough, as the winner will be announced at the New York International Auto Show on March 27.

Another finalist is the Volvo EX30, another all-electric vehicle expected shortly on North American soil. The EX30 will become the brand’s smallest vehicle and will propel the brand to new levels of performance.

2024 Volvo EX30 | Photo: Volvo

As for the third finalist, electric car enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that the more traditional format is still relevant in 2024. That’s right, the third runner-up is not only a sedan with a very aerodynamic silhouette – there’s a bit of the Tesla Model 3 under there, don’t you think? – but this one is also purely electric. The BYD Seal is not available in Canada or the United States.

2024 BYD Seal | Photo: BYD

The presence of this Chinese-born sedan in the top three comes at a time when concern about the Chinese car industry is at its highest in the rest of the world. Indeed, some older manufacturers fear the invasion of Chinese brands, which could eat into the profit margins of these traditional brands.

A victory for this Chinese sedan would be huge for the entire Chinese automotive industry.

We’ll see what the jury, made up of over 100 automotive journalists from around the world, decides. The winners of the other awards (World Design of the Year, World Luxury Car of the Year, World Performance Car of the Year, World Electric Car of the Year, World Urban Car of the Year) will also be announced at the New York Motor Show in a month’s time.

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