March 02, 2022 10:12
Kia's all-electric EV6 sedan has been named this year's Car of the Year in Europe, the carmaker said Tuesday. This is the first time a Korean vehicle has been selected for the prestigious European automotive award.
Established in 1964, the award is considered the industry's highest honor along with the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year. The judging panel comprises 61 auto journalists from 23 European countries.
The EV6 competed with six other nominations -- Cupra Born, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Peugeot 308, Renault Mégane E-Tech and Skoda Enyaq.
The EV6 received a total of 279 points to take first place. The jurors said, "The EV6 stands out by combining energy efficiency, a large capacity battery and ultra-fast charging."
Renault's Mégane E-Tech came second with 265 points, followed by Hyundai's Ioniq 5 with 261 points and Peugeot's 308 with 191 points.
The EV6 went on sale in Europe last October and sold 11,303 units by the end of January. Earlier, it also won the Irish Car of the Year and the German Premium Car of the Year.
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